North Carolina mid-size plane crash leaves 5 dead

by nph | March 22nd, 2012

March 22, 2012

When a twin-engine Cessna Citation 501 mid-size executive jet exploded just off the runway following an unusual landing, five people were killed at the Macon County Airport in Franklin, North Carolina, on Thursday, March 15, reports The Macon County News.

Two couples, and the daughter of one of the couples, were killed in the accident.

At approximately 1:45 pm, the mid-size jet, which could carry as many as eight passengers, approached the runway at too steep of an angle. The pilot was on his second attempt and tried to correct the landing but touched the right wing to the runway.

When the right wing caught on the runway, the Cessna flipped over, and the jet fuel exploded on impact.

Emergency and fire personnel responded and extinguished the flames, but there were no survivors.

“It’s most unfortunate,” Neil Hoppe, owner and operator of Franklin Aviation, which manages the Macon County Airport, said. “I’ve been around this airport now for 15 years, and this is the first fatality that we’ve experienced.”

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