A Jackson County man died when his experimental aircraft crashed near Section

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. -- A Jackson County man died Monday evening while he was flying a small experimental aircraft around County Road 411 in the Macedonia area, near Section.

It happened around seven o'clock near 845 County Road 411. On Tuesday morning caution tape surrounded the aircraft, which is situated on some property between two homes.

"Fifty-four year-old Rodney Cagle was killed. From what I understand he had just purchased the aircraft and was practicing touch and go landings," said Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips.

Multiple agencies responded. "When I was first contacted by my deputies, they were doing CPR on him before the ambulance arrived." Phillips said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said Cagle was flying a North Wing 17M experimental aircraft. "According to witnesses, he bounced on one of the landings and ended up crashing into a tree," Phillips said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. Officials will perform an autopsy on Cagle's body.

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