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FAA investigates plane crash in Opelouas

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Posted: Aug 2, 2011 2:07 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: plane, crash, Opelousas, St. Landry, FAA

OPELOUSAS- Federal investigators are working to determine what caused a small plane to crash over the weekend shortly after takeoff from the St. Landry Parish Airport in Opelousas.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified after the single-engine plane crashed about 11 a.m. Saturday.

The pilot, 52-year-old Arnold Reed Johnstone, of Tulsa, Okla., was treated at Opelousas General Health System for mild to moderate injuries and released Saturday afternoon. Det. Darren Zachary of the Opelousas Police Department says Johnstone, a retired commercial pilot, was the only occupant in the four-passenger plane.

St. Landry Parish Director of Administration Jessie Bellard told an Opelousas newspaper that the crash happened after the plane appeared to lose power.

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