Pilot identified in deadly Salem plane crash

SALEM, Ore. - A pilot died when a plane crashed on takeoff Saturday morning at McNary Field in Salem.

The light plane crashed north of the runway on the Salem Municipal Airport grounds just before 8:30 a.m.

Witnesses said the plane burst into flames, and the flames were quickly extinguished.

Salem Fire officials told our reporters that the pilot was alone in the plane when it crashed. On Monday they identified the pilot as 60-year-old John Douglas Layton of Salem.

Investigators are working to find out what caused the plane to go down shortly after takeoff.

"I saw an airplane going north 50-75 feet off the ground, and he was going awful slow," said John Davis, who was across the street at Walmart.

Officials are still investigating the crash.

Via @NTSB, it was a Mooney M20E which crashed at McNary Filed in Salem today. The pilot was killed. #LiveOnK2

Stephen Mayer (@StephenKATU) July 4, 2015
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