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Pilot of one-seater plane dies in crash in Paulden

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<p>
Yavapai County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Howard looks at the ID of the victim of a fatal plane crash near Sweet Valley Farm in Paulden on Wednesday evening. Chino Valley Fire Department Engine 63 was the first unit on scene and reported that witnesses said the plane spiraled into the ground.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<p> Yavapai County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Howard looks at the ID of the victim of a fatal plane crash near Sweet Valley Farm in Paulden on Wednesday evening. Chino Valley Fire Department Engine 63 was the first unit on scene and reported that witnesses said the plane spiraled into the ground.

An out-of-town man piloting a one-seater experimental plane died Wednesday night after crashing just east of Highway 89 near Sweet Valley Road in the Paulden area.

"It appears like he stalled out," said Garry Young, battalion chief of the Chino Valley Fire District. The plane landed just west of a ranch house in the middle of a field and suffered heavy damage, Young said.

Young said the National Transportation and Safety Board will examine the scene today to try and find out what happened. He said there was no fire or smoke, and it appears that pieces of the plane broke off before it hit the ground.

Authorities did not release the man's name pending notification of kin.