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Investigation Under Way After Pueblo Plane Crash

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An image from the crash (credit: CBS)

An image from the crash (credit: CBS)

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of a small plane crash at the Pueblo airport that prompted the cancellation of a campaign visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The experimental plane crashed while landing at Pueblo Memorial Airport on Sunday, killing the pilot, the only person on board.

Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer identified the pilot as 68-year-old George McHenry, Jr., of Pueblo.

“George was a great guy,” friend Max Howells said. “He had hand-built his plane, it was a real cool airplane. It was a little fast job, a great little plane, he flew it all the time.”

Romney was set to visit the nearby Weisbrod Aircraft Museum on Sunday afternoon. The campaign has not announced whether the rally will be rescheduled.

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