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Fatal plane crash in Parma

Parma, N.Y. - Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies said one person is dead following a small plane crash.

The victim is 88-year-old Norman Hasman. Witnesses said he was practicing touch and go exercises when the plane went down.

Investigators believe wind may have been a factor. His plane crashed into the tall grass next to the air strip before flipping over.

Hasman is a World War II veteran and experienced flyer. His family members describe him as "fearless." 

His oldest son David Hasman said, "He died doing the thing he loved most, flying."

Hasman was a tailgunner in the 50th Air Force during WWII. A Purple Heart recipient, the vet was shot down twice during the war and was a prisoner of war in Germany.

"He was always a go-getter," said his son David. "He grew up during the depression and worked his tail off all the time. Like I said, he was just like that."

Hasman came from humble beginnings in Webster. He was one of nine children.

He went onto pursue business ventures and started Amplaco Plastics.

He and his wife Nada had six children, three girls and three boys. Hasman leaves behind 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

David said his father's latest joy was entertaining folks with music at senior citizen centers. At times, people who were younger than the 88-year-old.

"All the songs he knew he could play them by heart and sing them. He must've known a hundred songs, so the guy he was just so sharp and everything," said David.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. There appears to be no mechanical failures with the plane. Hasman had no known medical condition, according to investigators.

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