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One dead after small plane crashes in Breathitt County

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Posted at 3:27 PM, May 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 20:37:39-04

BREATHITT, Ky. (LEX 18) — One person is dead after a single engine plane crashed in Breathitt County around 1:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The crash took place near the intersection of Highway 1812 and Highway 378 area in a field close to the highway.

Timothy Michael Pankiewicz, 62, of Green Cove Springs, Florida was the person that died as a result of the crash. The flight originated in Florida with a destination of Ohio.

According to The Breathitt Advocate, a witness heard sputtering and saw a single-engine plane crash. As the plane crashed, the witness noted the engine looked as if it was on fire.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. As of Tuesday, May 25, the cause of the accident is still unknown.