Pilot in Fairfield crash identified
The name of the pilot killed in a small plane crash near Fairfield on Sunday has been released.
A statement from Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille says Robert Lyle Bollinger of Fairfield was killed after his plane crashed shortly after take-off.
Bollinger is identified as the owner and pilot of the aircraft which is described as experimental.
Complete Press Release
On June 22, 2014, at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Jefferson County Law Center was notified of a plane crash at the Fairfield Municipal Airport. It was reported that a small experimental aircraft had crashed in a cornfield shortly after takeoff.
The Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriffâ??s Office, and Iowa State Patrol all responded and began a search. Wreckage of the small plane was found in a cornfield to the Southeast of the Municipal Airport.
The experimental aircraft was owned by Robert Lyle Bollinger of Fairfield, Iowa. He was believed to have been piloting the plane at the time of the crash. Upon investigation, it was determined that the plane had caught fire at some point and the pilot was deceased. The exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy being performed by the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner.
On Monday morning, June 23, The Federal Aviation Administration responded to investigate the crash. Their findings will be released at a later time once their investigation is completed.
Assisting with this effort were the Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriffâ??s Office, The Iowa State Patrol, The Federal Aviation Administration, Staff at the Fairfield Municipal Airport, The Jefferson County Attorneyâ??s Office and Iowa State Medical Examinerâ??s Office.