NEW BEDFORD — Authorities have confirmed that one person died in a plane crash in New Bedford's Rural Cemetery.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell confirmed that the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

At this time, it is confirmed that the pilot of that plane has died. Mayor Mitchell stated there is "no reason to believe that there were additional passengers." The plane took off earlier Monday afternoon from New Bedford Regional Airport.

Witnesses at the scene suggested the pilot was doing "stunts" or "tricks" in the air, but Mitchell said he could not confirm that.

The victim's name could not be released at this time, pending notification of next of kin. The National Transportation Safety Board was not yet on scene as of 6 p.m. this evening.

Mitchell added there was no damage to the cemetery. He asked for the public's help in avoiding the cemetery for the time being to allow for proper investigation of the crash scene.

Police officials said they do not expect to be able to update the situation until tomorrow.

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