Pilot killed in Birchwood Airport crash identified

    Authorities have identified the pilot who died after his single-engine plane went down in flames at an Alaska airport.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who died after his single-engine plane went down in flames at an Alaska airport.

    Anchorage police say 43-year-old Christopher Lampshire died in the Sunday afternoon crash at Birchwood Airport.

    Initial reports had indicated there may have been two people onboard the Champion Citabria, but police confirmed Lampshire was the sole occupant.

    Police say witnesses reported seeing the plane taking off just before the crash.

    It is unclear where Lampshire was headed.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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