KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — A farm owner called 911 to report a small plane had crashed into one of his fields just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement and medical personnel responded to the crash and discovered the sole occupant of the plane was deceased, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The cause of both the crash and death are unknown at this time.

They do know, however, the pilot had appropriately communicated his take-off and direction when taking off from Bowers Field in Ellensburg a few minutes before the crash.

Undersheriff Myers expressed, on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, “that our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s family, friends and the aviation community for their loss.”