Bryan Bowker, 67, of Edgewood, New Mexico, had come to the area to test the aircraft before he purchased it.
"He told the seller that he had a lot of experience in airplanes like this, not this particular model," Lowell City Airport Manager Jim Sowle said.
Bowker's first takeoff was successful, but the second time he took off, something went wrong.
"All of a sudden, the airplane veered to the right," Sowle said. "God knows what happened at that time."
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