BATES COUNTY, MO (KCTV) – Authorities have identified the pilot who died Monday when his aircraft flew into a grain silo in rural Bates County.

The Bates County coroner identified the man as 80-year-old John N. McConnell, who had residences in Kansas City, Missouri, and Vero Beach, Florida.

A report from the FAA current states that the aircraft crashed “under unknown circumstances.”

The plane had taken off from Vero Beach and was headed toward the Butler Memorial Airport at the time of the crash.

McConnell was the only person on the 25.

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