One person dead in plane crash in Eddy County, New Mexico

New Mexico State Police officers survey the wreckage of a small plane which crashed into a radio tower near Magnum Road and Burton Flats Road east of Carlsbad Nov. 19.

This is a developing story and more information will be released when it becomes available.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed a plane crashed northeast of Carlsbad late Friday morning, resulting in one death.

The name of the deceased was not released to the media.

The single-engine Cessna crashed around 11:43 a.m., read a statement from the FAA. Only one person, the pilot, was aboard the plane. Investigators are working to verify the aircraft registration number. 

“The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” read the statement.

New Mexico State Police Spokesperson Dusty Francisco confirmed the single death in the incident. State police and Eddy County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call of the plane crash around 11:45 a.m. north of Burton Flats Road.

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Francisco said emergency personnel were on scene around 12:30 p.m. and the FAA was notified.