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Man killed in small aircraft crash in Union Co. crashed in same area in 2015

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators have identified a man who was killed Friday when a small aircraft he was piloting crashed in Union County. The crash happened around 4 p.m. on the 4000 block of Poplin Road. 

Officials said 59-year-old Robert William Schroll, of Pageland, SC, was killed. Schroll was injured in a similar crash near the same location in November 2015.

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From WBTV's Sky 3 the small craft could be seen just outside a wooded area near a mobile home. 

The aircraft appeared to have caught fire at some point, as the area directly around it was burned.

“I saw the smoke and I believed it was dust when I looked out the window and saw it,” said Aubrey Haigler.

The plane crashed near Haigler's property. He is the owner of Haigler Trucking Company in Monroe.

Crash witness Bill Laucht said the plane had descended to a lower altitude and almost looked like it was about to land right before it crashed.

"He got behind the trees. I heard the power of the motor race up high and about two seconds after that, I heard it crash into the trees,” said Laucht.

The witness said he saw the flames coming from the plane and knew the situation was not good.

Glen Moody, a radio control pilot who flies remote control planes nearby, said he had helped rescue Schroll the last time his plane had crashed.

“I had to get covered with gasoline in order to get him out. I couldn't even tell if he was alive, but I kept getting under there and checking him and there were some signs of life," said Moody about the first crash.

Hearing that the same pilot he had once helped was now dead because of a crash weighed heavily on Moody.

“It’s terrible. It’s tragic and I have trouble showing emotion but I’m torn up inside," said Moody.

The FAA is covering the investigation.

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