Neighbor recounts trying to save pilot's life after crash near Lone Jack

LONE JACK, Mo. - The Jackson County Sheriff's Department wrapped up their investigation Wednesday into a plane crashed that killed 56 year-old Richard Scalet.

Deputies said no foul play was involved and the crash was an accident.

41 Action News spoke exclusively with a neighbor who says he tried to save Scalet from the burning aircraft.

Every week, Jake Roberts watched planes take off only steps away from his front door at Lamb's Field. But he never thought he'd witness the death of a local pilot.

Tuesday night was the first time Roberts saw a pilot lose his life.

"You see a plane go down 400 yards from your front door and you want to go over there and make sure the guy is alright," he said.

Sixty seconds after Scalet's plane crashed and burned, Roberts ran into the flames to help. Roberts says he and neighbor pulled Scalet's burning body from the plane.

"His clothing was still on fire, we got the clothing out and that's where we stopped. I lost it, I'd just seen a man die," he said.

Roberts says his heart beats for Scalet's family and he can't get Tuesday's image out of his mind. 

"I didn't know him personally but from everyone I spoke with he was a good man, he was a good father, a friend and he's no longer with us."

The funeral service for Richard Scalet will be Friday

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