Upper St. Clair pilot killed in light plane crash

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An Upper St. Clair pilot was killed in a plane crash this afternoon at the Washington County Airport, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said.

Igor Novodran, 52, died at 3:35 p.m. in the emergency room at UPMC Presbyterian, according to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.

According to emergency dispatchers, the single-seat Avid Bandit he was flying crashed at the end of the runway about 2:10 p.m.

Mr. Novodran was practicing landings and takeoffs, known as "touch-and-goes," KDKA-TV reported.

“I saw him do at least two, and then I wasn’t really paying attention,” Scott Gray, the manager of the Washington County Airport, told KDKA. “And then shortly thereafter, we heard that there was an aircraft down and then we came out here and found the wreckage where it was.”

First responders arrived quickly and removed Mr. Novodran from the plane. He was taken by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian, the station reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

First Published March 11, 2014 6:50 PM

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