Elderly pilot dies in Everglades plane crash

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The National Transportation Safety Board was back at the scene of a deadly plane crash Monday.

Seventy-five-year-old Paul S. Soule died when his plane went down in the Everglades Saturday. The wife of the pilot said he was the owner of the plane and was the sole occupant.

According to the NTSB, Soule had radioed a tower that he was having problems before his plane went down.

He was piloting a twin engine Cessna 340 which departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Saturday morning en route to Leesburg, northwest of Orlando.

The NTSB says that the engines were removed from the plane Monday, and they hope to remove the remainder of the plane by Tuesday.

The plane went down 20 miles south of State Road 80 and 20 miles west of Boynton Beach.

The aircraft was found in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that in March of 2013 Soule experienced plane trouble and had to make an emergency landing where he walked away unharmed.

The NTSB will issue a preliminary report in the next 10 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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