CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Every year, pilots from Maine and across New England gather in Cape Elizabeth for the Spurwink Fly-In, a fundraiser for the local Experimental Aircraft Association. But this year, many of them flew in with heavy hearts.

On Saturday, a member of the chapter died in a plane crash at the Limington-Harmon Airport.

Clarke Tate, 52, of Gray, was flying an antique aircraft and crashed in the woods near the airport shortly after take off, around 4:45 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

"We lost a friend," said Willy Lewis, one of the organizers of the Spurwink Fly-In. "He was a fellow pilot, and a lot of people in the club knew him very, very well. It's like losing a family member."

Members of the chapter declined to comment about his death, but Lewis said they were devastated by the loss.

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