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Man killed in plane crash identified as N.Y's 'Country Pilot'
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Wolfgang Buergel with his 1950 Piper PA-20 Pacer, as pictured in a Vintage Airplane magazine article on the 2006 Sun n Fun event in Lakeland, Fla.
The pilot killed when his Piper PA-20 crashed in Elgin early Friday afternoon has been positively identified as Wolfgang Buergel, 71, of East Aurora, N.Y., a rural community located about 15 to 20 miles southeast of Buffalo, N.Y. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers confirmed Buergel’s identity after a Newberry forensic examiner matched Buergel’s remains to dental records received Tuesday from New York. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed Saturday that the plane belonged to Buergel, but did not know at the time if he was piloting the craft. NTSB Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson said the Piper had apparently departed from Amherst, N.Y., located just northeast of Buffalo.