Updated 10/01/2012 04:59 PM
FAA investigates deadly experimental plane crash in Granite Quarry
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GRANITE QUARRY, N.C. – FAA investigators are looking for the cause of a Rowan County plane crash.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Cecil Dwayne Brown, 49, of Faith, was killed Sunday when his Ultra-Light Experimental plane crashed in a Granite Quarry field. The accident happened around 6 p.m. in a wooded area on Troutman Street behind Shaw's Mobile Home Park.
Monday, relatives were at the crash site to pay their respects.
"If he has to be gone, you know I want to remember him for all the good things he did you know, he loved people, he loved to fly," said Brown's uncle Eddie Martin.
Martin said his nephew built the plane himself.
"He went down to Florida and brought it up here, it was you know, in two pieces or whatever and he rebuilt the plane," said Martin.
Martin said Brown had been flying small planes for a decade or more, and had even flown the plane before. However on a clear Sunday, relatives say Brown caught power lines crashing on family-owned property.
"The plane sputtered and all and he engine just cut off and he just couldn't clear the power lines," said Martin.
An FAA investigation into the cause could take up to a year. But for Brown's family, they said its an unfortunate accident that happened to a man doing what he loved most.
Brown's body was taken to Chapel Hill Sunday for an autopsy.