Sunday, April 07, 2013

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N92804: Plane crash in Craig County, Virginia, pilot suffered minor injuries

Craig County, Va.—  A North Carolina pilot escapes with minor injuries after crashing a plane Sunday in Craig County.

It happened at the Glider Port off of Rt. 311.

State Police say the aircraft was trying to take off but didn't have enough speed to do so.  The left wing struck the ground, causing the landing gear to collapse.

Two other passengers were on board, but were not hurt.

The FAA is investigating.


The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a small plane crash that occurred on Sunday afternoon around 2:50 p.m. at the Glider Port located at 170 Glider Drive (off Rt 311) in Craig County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1973 Cessna 172M aircraft was attempting to take off when the aircraft lost flight capability due to lack of airspeed and it then nosed over which made the left wing strike the ground causing the landing gear to collapse.

The aircraft then rolled off to the right.

The pilot, Kenneth Ray Gwyn of Ararat, North Carolina, sustained minor injures and the two other passengers on board were not injured in the crash.

The plane is owned by Mayberry Aviation Inc. out of Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

The FAA was notified of the incident.

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