GREENVILLE — Federal investigators say a pilot killed in a crash near a small airport in Greenville was on what was intended to be a short flight to warm the oil in the engine before it was going to be changed.

David Finnegan of Woburn, Mass., was killed Saturday morning shortly after he took off from Greenville Municipal Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson tells the Bangor Daily News the single engine Cessna 172 crashed in a heavily wooded area about a mile and a half from the airport.

Finnegan was the only person aboard. His age wasn’t available.

Knudson says an investigator from Virginia is expected to remain in Greenville until Wednesday. A preliminary report about his findings is expected to be finished next week.