The pilot of Friday’s single-person plane crash near Vermillion has been identified as 75-year-old Lowell Rahn of Newcastle, Neb, according to Associated Press reports.
Rahn died at the scene Friday afternoon in a cornfield just west of Vermillion’s Harold Davidson Field Airport, a release from the Vermillion police said.
He was flying a trike, an ultralight aircraft that works like a powered hang glider, when he crashed, said Denny Martens, the airport’s manager.
Police received reports of the crash at 4:15 p.m., and responded to the scene in the middle of an unharvested cornfield. The fire department proceeded in extinguishing a fire caused by the crash that burned approximately two acres of corn, the release said.
Debris and smoke loomed above the airfield as responders from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Vermillion police and fire departments, S.D. Highway Patrol and DCI arrived.
Authorities do not know what caused the crash, but the area is being secured as members of the FAA arrive to investigate the accident.