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Clearwater police identify Rhode Island pilot as victim of Friday's plane crash

The pilot of a small plane died in a crash in Clearwater on May 5. [Courtesy of Clearwater Fire Rescue]

The pilot of a small plane died in a crash in Clearwater on May 5. [Courtesy of Clearwater Fire Rescue]

CLEARWATER — Police have identified the pilot who died Friday after he flipped his plane.

James R. Fink, 43, of Exeter, R.I. was flying a 2007 Cirrus fixed-wing, single-engine plane. He was coming to Tampa Bay for a business conference, according to Clearwater police. Investigators said Fink's plane flipped while he was trying to land at Clearwater Airpark.

Crews arrived at the small airport on N Hercules Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Fink was the only person in the plane.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive to Clearwater early Saturday to continue the investigation.

Police said the runway will be closed at least through 3 p.m., but could be extended.

Clearwater police identify Rhode Island pilot as victim of Friday's plane crash 05/06/17 [Last modified: Saturday, May 6, 2017 11:02am]
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