Pilot identified in deadly Eufaula plane crash that went unnoticed for a whole day, coroner

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — The pilot who died in a plane crash at the Eufaula Municipal Airport has been identified as a Florida native.

Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman identified the victim as 35-year-old Nathan O’Donnell.

Eufaula Police Chief Danny Christ confirmed O’Donnell was from Destin, Florida.

Coroner Chapman tells WDHN O’Donnell was the pilot and only occupant of the 1958 Piper Comanche PA-24 single-engine plane registered to an address in Enterprise.

According to the coroner, the crash occurred at 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, but went unnoticed until another plane flying overhead saw the wreckage on the north end of the Eufaula Municipal Airport runway Thursday morning and notified authorities at 9:00 a.m.

O’Donnell’s body was found among the plane’s wreckage.

Despite O’Donnell’s plane being registered in Enterprise, the city’s Airport Director Barry Mott says they have no record of O’Donnell renting a hanger or stopping for fuel.

The investigation was turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Eufaula Municipal Airport was closed following the crash while the FAA investigated, but Eufaula Police Chief Danny Christ says the airport is back open to the public.

The Eufaula Police Department will release additional information once the investigation is complete.

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