Pilot dies after experimental aircraft crashes

The pilot of a an experimental aircraft died following a crash on Thursday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to 38335 North County Road 44A in Umatilla at approximately 11:21 a.m. after reports were received that an aircraft had crashed.  One person on board the aircraft was located and that person was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Witnesses describe hearing a loud pop, and I believe they actually reported seeing some of the parts flying off," explained Lt. John Herrell, with the Sheriff's Office. "Ultimately, the aircraft came to rest near the wood line ... luckily, no one on the ground was injured."

The Federal Aviation Administration is responding and will be the investigating agency.  The identity of the pilot is not yet being released.