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Plane crashes near Buhlow Lake; pilot dies

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Courtesy Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office Courtesy Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office

A small plane crashed near Buhlow Lake this morning, with the pilot believed to be the only fatality.

Rapides Parish Sheriff's deputies were notified shortly before noon that a small aircraft crashed near the lake and the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital, a spokesman said. 

Deputies along with VA Police, VA Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department, Alpine Fire Department and Louisiana State Police responded to the scene. 

They found the wreckage of a single engine private aircraft in a thick, brush covered area between the VA and Bulow Lake.  Deputies located the body of the pilot and what appears to be the only occupant of the aircraft, the spokesman said. 

The Rapides Parish Coroners Office responded to the scene to take custody of the body.  The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and has taken over the investigation. Investigators say an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of their investigation to determine official cause of death.  

The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until proper notification of family members is made, the spokesman said. Deputies did determine the pilot was not from the central Louisiana area.

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