14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2011 in Winterville, NC
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BL-65, registration: N24369
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 28, 2011, at 1511 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BL-65, N24369, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged when it impacted runway 25 during an attempted landing at South Oak Aerodrome (NC47), Winterville, North Carolina. The certificated airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed NC47 about 1345.
Runway 25 at NC47 was 1,850 feet long, 50 feet wide, and consisted of turf. According to video surveillance provided by the owner of a nearby residence, the airplane approached the runway from south to north in a nose-down, left-bank attitude. The airplane impacted the left side of runway 25, approximately one-third down the runway. It then spun 180 degrees and came to rest about 20 feet from initial impact. The wreckage was resting upright, on a heading of 150 degrees magnetic. The right main landing gear had partially separated and the airplane was resting on its right side. Ground scars were located about 20 feet from the wreckage, oriented about a 300 degree magnetic bearing to the wreckage. The ground scars were consistent with the left wing and left main landing gear.
The right aileron bellcrank and a handheld global positioning system receiver were retained for further examination.
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Sheriff's office spokeswoman Christy Wallace says the plane crashed in a field shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday. The crash happened in the small town of Winterville, about seven miles south of Greenville.
Wallace says the name of the victim is being withheld until family members have been notified.
Federal officials plan an investigation of the crash. The agency says the plane was a single-engine craft designed to carry one person.
Wallace says Pitt County sheriff's deputies have closed off the crash site while they wait for federal investigators, who are expected to arrive in Winterville Friday.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that one person has died in a plane crash this afternoon.
It happened at South Oaks Aerodome, a small private airstrip on County Home Road shortly after 3:00 p.m.
A witness tells WITN News what appears to be small aircraft crashed just a short while ago. That witness says the plane appeared to nosedive when it was attempting to land at the airstrip.
The plane now is surrounded by crime scene tape, sitting upright on the grass.
The aircraft is a Taylorcraft BL-65 single-engine plane.