Crash victim identified

Officials confirm Marshalltown man was killed in Mahaska County plane crash

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The pilot of a small, two seater plane that crashed in Mahaska County this past Saturday has been identified as Bruce Gene Devick, 70, of Marshalltown. Devick was pronounced dead at the scene.

By ADAM SODDERS

TIMES-REPUBLICAN

OSKALOOSA — Bruce Gene Devick, 70, of Marshalltown, has been identified by the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office as the pilot who was killed in a plane crash Saturday afternoon near Oskaloosa, according to a statement released Tuesday.

At around 2:20 p.m. that day, the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a plane going down near 2082 210th St. in rural Oskaloosa. Devick was pronounced dead at the scene.

“When deputies arrived there, it was discovered that the aircraft had struck a utility line, a power line, causing it to crash into the ground,” said Mahaska County Sheriff Russ Van Renterghem, adding no determination has yet been made as to why Devick was flying low enough to collide with the power line.

Tuesday’s statement describes the plane as a “single engine, two-seat light sport airplane,” and Van Renterghem said it was found “laying on its top” when officials arrived on scene.

“It wasn’t a deal where it exploded on impact or disintegrated,” he said. “It was all still intact, with the exception of the landing gear was taken off of it.”

Van Renterghem said the exact cause of Devick’s death has also not yet been determined.

Along with the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com