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UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- New details have emerged about the small plane crash that killed a Lexington man Thursday evening.

James H. Cook, 68, of Lexington, was killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting went down in a wooded area near Tarlton Mill Road in Marshville between 6:40 and 6:45 p.m., according to WBTV.

According to law enforcement and flight records, Cook had flown a client to Daytona, Fla., and was on his way back to Greensboro when the crash happened.

Investigators told WBTV that Cook was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash.

Cook was a long-time pilot for Richard Childress Racing. He had retired from the race team and was working part-time for various corporate customers.

The cause of the crash has not been released. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.