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One dead in Klamath Falls plane crash

A local man piloting an experimental aircraft died Wednesday morning in a crash in an alfalfa field along the Southside Bypass near Highway 39, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Abraham "Dutch" Van Rood, 79, of Klamath Falls was piloting a red, white and blue single-engine, single-seater aircraft when it crashed about 10:30 a.m. in a field, said Sheriff Chris Kaber.

“It appears to be an experimental aircraft,” Kaber said, referring to a kit-built aircraft.

National Transportation Security Board and Federal Aviation Administration were en route to the scene of the crash.

Tad Kloepper, who owns the field where the crash occurred and parked near the field, said there had been a similar crash in a nearby field 30 years ago.

Kloepper expressed sympathy for the victim of Wednesday's crash.

“I felt bad for the guy,” Kloepper said.

Klamath County Fire District 1 and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to the scene.