Pilot who crashed in Orange County identified as 66-year-old man from New Jersey

A 66-year-old man has been identified as the victim of a fatal plane crash in Orange County.

On Monday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the pilot of the plane was John Bofinger Jr. of Hewitt, New Jersey.

Just after 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, a single-engine Beechcraft 35 crashed near North Carolina 157 and Breeze Road in northern Orange County, according to information provided by Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bofinger died early Sunday afternoon, local and federal officials said.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the plane caught fire after the crash, but no one else was injured.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Warren County crash

Two and a half hours after Bofinger crashed in Orange County, another small plane crashed in North Carolina.

Around 2:45 p.m. a single-engine Cessna 182 crashed in Warren County, which is northeast of Orange County near the North Carolina and Virginia border. The plane was departing from Nocarva Airport in Macon at the time of the crash, according to NTSB

That crash is under investigation as well.