FAA: Stall likely caused airplane crash
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Officials with the Latah County sheriff's office say the pilot of an airplane flying over a Republican party gathering had been dropping rolls of toilet paper before the airplane crashed.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says early indications are that the airplane stalled, or reached a speed and angle at which it lost its lift. The crash Saturday afternoon killed 60-year-old Randy Humble of Moscow.
Witnesses reported the airplane's engine revved and the pilot appeared to be trying to pull up just before it crashed near Viola.
Lt. Brandon Jordan says witnesses stated that Humble was dropping rolls of toilet paper and that Humble and another pilot had been performing aerial tricks for the Republican gathering.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating with the help of the FAA.