Pilot's name released in SE Iowa plane crash

One person is dead after an aircraft crash in Mahaska County, Iowa. (MGN Online)


Mahaska County deputies have released the name of the pilot killed in an airplane accident Saturday.

Bruce Gene Devick, 70, of Marshalltown was flying a single-engine, two-seat airplane when it struck a powerline and crashed near 210th Street in rural Mahaska County.

Prior to the crash, Sheriff Russ Van Renterghem said Devick was flying the privately-owned aircraft for pleasure, from the Marshalltown Municipal Airport to the Oskaloosa Municipal Airport. He added that a resident at a nearby address heard the crash and notified authorities.

When paramedics arrived on scene, they attempted to revive Devick with CPR, but were unsuccessful.

Right now, the cause of the crash is still unknown. Autopsy results from the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office are still pending.

Van Renterghem told KTVO investigators dismantled the plane on Sunday and hauled it off to a storage area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are assisting the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.


One person is dead after an aircraft crash in Mahaska County, Iowa.

Around 2:00 p.m. Saturday, the aircraft stuck a power line causing it to crash to the ground.

The pilot of the plane was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency personnel arrived.

Officials do not yet know why the aircraft was flying at such a low altitude.

An autopsy of the victim will be conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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