Man dies in paraplane crash

PENNSBORO — The identity of a Doddridge County man killed when his single-person aircraft crashed near Pennsboro Monday night has been released by Ritchie County authorities.

Doit Koppler, 80, of New Milton was pronounced dead at the scene after a search party found him, Ritchie County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Egan said. Koppler was operating a paraplane and had taken off from a private grass airstrip near River Road when he began to lose altitude and went into a wood line, he said.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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