10 p.m. FRIDAY: A small plane has crashed and the pilot was killed near the Wayne, Nebraska airport Friday night during the MayDay STOL Drag Races.
Wayne Mayor Cale Giese confirmed that the crash happened around 6:45 p.m. The drag races were set to take place at the Wayne Airport this weekend.
MayDay STOL Drag Races confirmed that crash and fatality, saying the accident seems to be a result of a "stall spin." The pilot was the only person on the aircraft.
The wrecked aircraft can be seen crashed in a field just off the airport's runway near Highway 35. Two semi-tractors with trailers are blocking much of the scene and law enforcement remains on the premises.
MayDay STOL Drag Races posted on their Facebook Page Friday night that events for the evening had been canceled.
On their Facebook page, MayDay STOL describes the sport as this:
"STOL Drag takes similar skills as in Traditional STOL but pits two pilots' and their planes next to each other and races a course down and back. First to stop without scratching wins. It's a fast paced, heart racing, fun aviation action."
At least 26 pilots were on the roster to participate this weekend. Law enforcement is asking people to stay clear of the area. The NTSB and FAA will be investigating the crash.
This is still a developing story and will be updated as more information is confirmed.
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