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Pilot killed in small plane crash on Cuttyhunk Island was 70-year-old Delaware man, officials say

The pilot of a small private plane that crashed on tiny Cuttyhunk Island this morning has died, the Dukes County sheriff said this afternoon.

State Police identified the pilot as 70-year-old Allen P. Spaulding Jr. of Wilmington, Del.

“It appears he was taking off from a small dirt strip and clipped some trees at the end and went down,’’ Sheriff Michael McCormack said.

The plane, a 1965 fixed-wing Maule Bee Dee M-4-210, came to rest in a tree after the failed takeoff, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.

The Coast Guard attempted to rescue the pilot and transport him by helicopter to a nearby hospital after the crash on the island, which sits at the southernmost tip of Buzzards Bay, Coast Guard spokeswoman Myeonghi Clegg said.

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“The facts and circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation,’’ State Police said in a statement.