Fatal small-plane crash occurs in North Carolina

by nph | October 28th, 2011

October 28, 2011

One person died Sunday, and another was injured when a Mark IV plane crashed in a soybean field about four miles south of Lexington, North Carolina. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, it was a clear morning with no heavy wind. The plane crashed about a mile north of the Davidson County airport.

“An employee noticed the plane approaching–and then it disappeared. He called 911,” Karen Van Der Linden, manager of the airport, said. “The plane never made it to the airport. They [the pilot] never called in.”

The injured person was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical center.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports revealed 24 incidents since 1992 involving this type of plane. Two of those crashes were fatal, not including the Sunday crash.

The plane that crashed had received a certificate of airworthiness from the FAA as early as 1996.

“Airplanes do crash,” said David Orr, a small-plane expert based in Orange County, CA. “It’s not a common thing with these airplanes. They’re very strong.”

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