The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m.

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Police said Sunday that the pilot, 81-year-old Charles Dundas, a resident of New York and Florida, was also killed in the crash.

A witness to the crash told FOX 61 she and her fiancé heard a loud noise and thought a tree fell when they made the discovery.

“It almost sounded like a dump truck like opening the back and gravel falling out,” Carrie Carignan said.

Carignan told FOX 61 she and her fiancé discovered the crash an hour after it happened. She also said if it was not for them walking into the field to see what happened, no one would have known about the incident.

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“There was like two people dead inside the plane. It was so much all at once,” Carignan said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. Details of the plane’s itinerary were not immediately released.

North Branford Police told FOX 61 the NTSB is expected to do another press conference Sunday morning to answer more questions.

Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park released this statement on Facebook:

“All of us at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park are saddened to learn of Ted Christopher’s passing. Last Sunday, he recorded his 99th victory on our oval. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time. May Ted rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christopher family, and all those impacted by this tragic loss.”

News of the tragic death prompted tons of condolences from several NASCAR legends:

“Heard the news of this just moments after walking into VL. Very sad. He was a legend.”

“Sad to hear that we lost a racing legend. Ted Christopher will be missed!”

“Ted Christopher was such a great guy and wheel man. Thinking of his family and friends.

“Horrible news. Absolute definition of a racer.

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NASCAR issued a statement Saturday night:

“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

“As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Christopher was to have competed Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway in New York. Traffic officials planned a tribute to him by having his car driven for a ceremonial lap and a moment of silence from fans, Fox News reported.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Rest in peace brother…

God Bless.

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