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Pilot identified in deadly plane crash in Rowan Co., FAA investigating

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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

 49-year-old Cecil Dwayne Brown, of Faith, was killed when his plane went down near Granite Quarry Sunday evening, according to emergency officials.

The plane, an experimental Buccaneer 2, crashed in a wooded area near Shaw's Mobile Home Park, off Old Stone House Road shortly after 6 pm Sunday night. 

A witness told WBTV that she saw a plane fitting that description flying near High Rock Lake earlier on Sunday. A picture posted on Dwayne Brown's Facebook page shows the same plane docked in water at High Rock Lake. The caption reads, "Flew in to tamarac marina for lunch.---cool!" The aircraft was equipped to land in water.

Sunday night, witnesses Jonathan Stephens and Robert Price describe hearing the engine stutter then a loud boom. The power to the area was knocked out.

It appears the plane may have hit power lines before going down. The pair say they came outside to see the plane's cockpit nearly snapped in two.

Emergency personnel who reached the scene, located the experimental aircraft that was occupied by Brown. There were no other victims of this crash, officials told WBTV.

The Granite Quarry Fire Department and Union Fire Department responded along with units from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Granite Quarry Police Department,  NC State Highway Patrol, Rowan EMS, and Rowan County Rescue Squad. 

Brown's body was transported to Chapel Hill for an autopsy to be conducted

Family member were notified on Sunday evening, by the NC State Highway Patrol. 

FAA Investigators arrived at the crash site around noon on Monday to begin their investigation.

The plane was removed Monday afternoon on a wrecker and taken to the airport for safekeeping.

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