ROWANCOUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a Rowan County plane crash Monday morning as 64-year-old Dieter Floeth.

Floeth was the only person aboard his Socata single-engine plane when he took off from an airstrip in Gold Hill, according to the Rowan County Sheriff s Office. Minutes later, he crashed not far away in a wooded area near the Rowan-Cabarrus County line.

The cause of the crash is unclear. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Authorities said Floeth lived in Gold Hill Airpark, a runway surrounded by homes. He was heading to Lancaster, Pa., when he took off around 4 a.m. Monday. At the time, the weather was cloudy and foggy across the area, authorities said.

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