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Update: Pilot identified in crash, dog survives

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90-year-old Jerry Naylor of Scotch Grove, is being remembered as an avid pilot, an active man, who was always on the go.

He died Saturday in a plane crash near the Monticello Regional Airport.

Officials say it happened around 4 p.m. The plane crashed in a cornfield about 50 yards from the runway. The National Transportation Safety Board says the aircraft was a Flight Design CTSW LSA.

Naylor, was the only person on board, but he was not alone. His daughter Diane tells KWWL, his beloved dog, Jasmine, was with him. Somehow, she survived, and was later found in the field.

All of this is difficult for the family, including Naylor's wife of 65-years, Elizabeth.

People at the airport, also very emotional. The manager, Paul Elmegreen says Naylor was very involved with the airport. It is a close-knit aviation community.

According to his daughter, Naylor had been flying planes since the 1940s. "He was the best pilot, would check his list," Diane said. "Besides his wife, flying was his love."

As part of a volunteer group, he would also fly patients to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

Naylor was also vice president of the Naylor Seed Company, a long running, family owned business in Eastern Iowa.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the plane crash. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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Family confirms 90-year-old Jerry Naylor of Scotch Grove died in yesterday's plane crash near Monticello airport.

Family says he was flying with his beloved dog, Jasmine. She was later found in the field, and is okay. 

Stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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Jones County authorities confirm a pilot died Saturday during a plane crash in Monticello.

Authorities were called to 144th Avenue in Monticello at 4:04 p.m. for a plane crash near the Monticello Regional Airport.

First responders found plane wreckage about 50 yards from the runway in a nearby field.

The pilot was the only person in the plane. 

The Monticello Police Department and the FAA will be working together to learn more details about the crash.

If you have any information about the crash or the pilot, please let us know at news@kwwl.com

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According to a person who lives near the Monticello Regional Airport, authorities are investigating a plane crash that happened around 4 p.m.

The witness says she didn't see or hear the crash, but she took a few pictures of the aftermath.

Right now, authorities are investigating the crash near the edge of her property line.

She says she can't see much of the plane's remains, but a small tip of the plane is visible in the field.

We are trying to confirm information with Jones County authorities at this hour, but the witness says authorities reached out to her, and are possibly waiting for the county coroner to arrive to the scene.

Again, we are waiting to confirm whether anyone was killed or hurt in the crash.

Please stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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Jones County authorities are investigating a plane crash near the Monticello Regional Airport.

We called authorities and dispatchers confirmed all authorities are on scene and investigating the crash.

We're working to find out whether anyone was hurt and how many people were involved in the crash.

Please stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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