Mike SmithAdrian Hedden – Carlsbad Current-Argus

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed a plane crashed northeast of Carlsbad late Friday morning, resulting in the death of one person.

The name of the deceased was not released to the media.

The single-engine Cessna struck a radio tower around 11:43 a.m. near Magnum Road and Burton Flats Road, read a statement from the FAA. Officials said just one person – the pilot – was aboard the plane at the time of the crash. Investigators are working to verify the aircraft registration number. 

“The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” read the statement.

New Mexico State Police spokesperson Dusty Francisco said State police and Eddy County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident around 11:45 a.m.

Francisco said emergency personnel were on scene around 12:30 p.m. and the FAA was notified. 

Carlsbad Fire Department Chief Rick Lopez said members of his department were on hand to render medical aid.