Pilot killed in Eufaula plane crash identified as officer at Fort Novosel

FORT NOVOSEL, Ala (WDHN) — A man who died in a Barbour County plane crash a little over a week ago has been identified as a high-ranking warrant officer in the Army Reserves.

Nathan O’Donnell died on January 31, when his 1958 Piper Comanche PA-24 single-engine plane crashed on the north end of the runway at the Eufaula Municipal Airport.

Officials at Fort Novosel confirmed to WDHN that O’Donnell, 35, was a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Army Reserves and flew Beechcraft C-12 Huron military-grade planes out of the Cairns Army Airfield on Novosel.

O’Donnell was a Bravo Company 2-228th Theatre Fixed Wing Battalion member and trained on Fort Novosel once a month, which is customary for Army Reservists.

An obituary from a Pensacola funeral home says that whenever O’Donnell wasn’t at Novosel, he was a pilot instructor with FlexJet, a high-end jet ownership and leasing corporation.

According to Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman, O’Donnell’s plane crashed at around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, but the wreckage went unnoticed until around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday when a pilot flying overhead saw the plane and notified the Eufaula Police Department. O’Donnell was found dead in the wreckage.

Coroner Chapman says O’Donnell lived in Destin at the time of the crash, but his plane was registered to an address in Enterprise.

Stay with WDHN as we gather more information.

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