Fatal plane crash in Fairfield


(Update) – Authorities in Fairfield have now identified the pilot killed in a light plane crash Sunday morning at the Fairfield airport.

Jefferson County Attorney Timothy Dille says the experimental plane was owned and operated by Robert L. Bollinger of Fairfield.  Dille says it’s believed Bollinger was flying the plane at the time of the crash.  Upon investigation, it was determined the plane caught fire at some point and the pilot was killed.  The exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy being performed by the State Medical Examiner’s office.

The Fairfield Police Department, Fire Department, the Jefferson County sheriff’s department, and the Iowa State Patrol all responded and began a search for the plane.  Dille says the small plane was found in a cornfield to the southeast of the airport.

Monday morning the Federal Aviation Administration began it’s investigation into the cause of the crash.  Their findings will be released at a later date once the investigation is complete.


Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to be on the scene of a fatal plane crash that occurred  shortly before 11:30 Sunday morning at the Fairfield airport.

Bob Lyons manager of the Fairfield airport says the crash involved an experimental plane that crashed into a corn field adjacent to the airport.

Officials say the plane crashed during takeoff just east of the airport.

The name of the pilot of the plane has not been released.