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2 killed in plane crash near airport outside Charlotte

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (WBTV) - A small plane crashed in Lincolnton early Tuesday morning, killing two people aboard.

The deadly crash happened in a field off Jack Dellinger Road near the Lincoln County Airport.

The pilot and passenger, identified by troopers as 63-year-old Teddy Heavner and 54-year-old Basil Sain, both of Lincolnton, were killed. The two were apparently headed to Wisconsin.

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A citizen noticed a low-flying plane in the area and discovered the crash before calling officials.

Troopers say the plane, 1977 Piper, was owned by the pilot.

The crash marks the first fatality at the airport in 32 years, since the Lincoln County Airport has been open. The downed plane was discovered several hundred yards from the landing strip.

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