Pilot Dies In Crash Near Airport In Sterling

STERLING, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed at Sterling Airport Wednesday afternoon.

According to the FAA, the plane, a Cessna 177, went down around 2:30 p.m., right after it took off from Runway 16.

The plane clipped some trees after it crashed, landing about 100 yards from the runway.

The cause of the crash was not yet known, and the pilot has not yet been identified.

"He's a veteran pilot, he's been flying for 20 years," District Attorney Joe Early said at a press conference. "Our understanding is, he was going up for a short flight this afternoon."

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet they are investigating the crash.

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