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FAA investigating Lake Gaston plane crash

Posted April 25
Updated April 26

— Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration were working Monday to determine what caused a small plane to crash on Lake Gaston.

Officials said the aircraft—a 2005 Maule 235 single engine-plane—was piloted by Paul Heaton, Jr. Authorities said Heaton regularly lands the aircraft on Lake Gaston without incident.

Heaton said there were several boats on the water, but very few where he attempted to land. Despite calm weather conditions, he said he somehow lost control and rolled three times.

Heaton and two passengers onboard were not hurt in the accident, officials said.

No additional information has been released.

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