Friday, June 27, 2014

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N182PE: Fatal accident occurred June 27, 2014 near Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport (KIXA), Halifax County, North Carolina

POE INCORPORATED:    http://registry.faa.gov/N182PE

FAA Investigating Flight Standard District Office: FAA Greensboro FSDO-39

NTSB Identification: ERA14FA313 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 27, 2014 in Littleton, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N182PE
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

During a personal cross-country flight, the commercial pilot reported to air traffic control that he had a mechanical issue and wanted to return to an airport near his departure airport. The controller acknowledged the pilot’s request and cleared him direct to that airport. About 5 minutes later, he reported that he needed to land and requested the nearest airport. The controller cleared the airplane direct to the nearest airport. Shortly thereafter, the pilot reported that he lost engine power and would have to land immediately. During the landing in a field, the nosewheel embedded in soft ground, and the airplane came to rest inverted. 

An external examination of the engine revealed that four of the pistons had seized due to bearing and connecting rod damage. Metallurgical examination of the engine case halves revealed a gray-colored sealant on the crankcase main journal bearing saddle bosses mating surfaces. A bead of sealant was also noted on the edges of the mating surfaces both on the interior and exterior edges. The engine likely failed due to insufficient oil supply to the bearings for three of the connecting rods and the rotation of the fourth bearing. It is likely that beads of sealant were squeezed out of the mating faces of the crankcase and that these beads of sealant broke off and contaminated the oil supply, thereby reducing the oil flow. In addition, as the sealant on the saddle faces was squeezed out over time, the crush load could have been reduced, which would have affected the clearances between the bearings and the journals, leading to reduced oil pressure to the connecting rod bearings and increased risk of main bearing shifting and spinning. Thus, the use of sealant likely contributed to the bearing lubrication issue.

A review of the maintenance logbooks revealed that the engine had been overhauled and modified about 4 years (and 300 hours of operation) before the accident. Overhaul and modification instructions and manuals stated that the engine should be overhauled in accordance with the original equipment manufacturer’s manuals and service bulletins, which indicated that no sealant should be applied on the main journal bearing saddle bosses. None of the prescription medications the pilot had reported to the Federal Aviation Administration were impairing. Given that there was no indication of pilot impairment in his exchanges with the controllers, it is unlikely that the pilot’s cardiac disease played a role in the accident. Indomethacin was found only in the pilot’s urine, not in other body tissues; thus, it could not have directly caused systemic symptoms. The diphenhydramine measured in the pilot’s aortic blood (0.26 ug/ml) was well above the therapeutic range of 0.0250 to 0.1120 ug/ml. Although diphenhydramine undergoes postmortem redistribution, the level suggests that the pilot had therapeutic amounts in his system at the time of the crash; thus, it is likely the pilot was impaired to some extent by the drug’s effects. However, the available evidence indicates that the pilot’s behavior and decision-making during the accident sequence were appropriate for a pilot with his skill level and knowledge. Therefore, the effects of diphenhydramine likely did not contribute to the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Maintenance personnel's application of sealant to the engine case halves during engine overhaul, contrary to manufacturer's instructions, which resulted in internal failure of the engine due to the loss of case bolt torque.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT
On June 27, 2014, about 0940 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182Q, N182PE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Littleton, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed from Sabot Airport (1VA0), Sabot, Virginia, at 0848, and was destined for Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (RWI), Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to air traffic control (ATC) voice and radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airplane departed from 1VA0 and climbed to an altitude of 4,000 feet mean sea level (msl). At 0929, the pilot advised ATC that he had mechanical problem and would like to divert to Hanover County Municipal Airport (OFP), Richmond, Virginia and was cleared direct to OFP. At 0932, the pilot advised ATC that "I just got rpm is a gone past the red line and everything else is a looking alright got a low oil pressure but a temperature is okay a so I'm just going back as a precaution." At 0934, the pilot advised ATC that he was going to have to land the airplane and that he was showing Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport (IXA), Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina as the closest airport. The controller confirmed that IXA was the closest airport, which was at the airplane's two o'clock position and 10 miles away. The controller then cleared the flight direct to IXA and requested that the pilot report the airport in sight. At 0935, the controller advised the pilot to descend at his own discretion, maintain 2,500 feet msl and report the airport in sight for the visual approach unless he wanted a different approach; the pilot acknowledged the instructions. At 0937, the pilot advised the controller that he was "losing the engine" and when asked if he would be able to make the field, he responded negative. The controller asked if there were any prominent landmarks that the pilot could describe or did he have a field in sight to land. The pilot responded that "there were many fields and that he still had forward movement." The controller then advised the pilot that IXA was 8.5 miles away.

No further communications were received and the airplane was located by first responders about 1050.

PILOT INFORMATION

The pilot, age 71, held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent medical application, dated June 3, 2014, noted a total of 2,721 flight hours; of which 62 flight hours were accrued within the 6-month period prior to the exam. The pilot was issued a second-class medical certificate with limitations. A review of the pilot's current logbook revealed the last entry was made on February 17, 2014, with a total of 2,533.1 flight hours in single-engine airplanes.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The four-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear airplane, serial number 18265584, was manufactured in 1977. It was powered by a Continental P-Ponk O-470-50/O-470-U13B, serial number 2651/ CMI-820119R engine, equipped with a McCauley D3A34C401C propeller. A review of copies of maintenance logbook records showed a 100-hour inspection was completed April 4, 2014, at a recorded airframe total time of 2,873.5 hours and an engine total time of 1,123.4 hours. Further review of the aircraft records revealed that the engine was overhauled and modified with the P-Ponk STC- SA5966NM and STC-SE4985NM conversion on August 26, 2010. The work was performed by Aero Engines of Winchester, Virginia, and had about 300 hours' time in service since overhaul.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The recorded weather at IXA, located 6.6 miles from the accident site at an elevation of 144.5 feet, at 0935, included wind from 040 degrees at 8 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, clear sky, temperature 27 degrees Celsius (C), dew point temperature 22 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The wreckage was located in an open cotton field. A ground scar extended about 40 feet on a 110-degree magnetic heading. The airplane came to rest inverted and oriented in the opposite direction of the wreckage path. Examination of the airframe revealed that the nose landing gear strut was pushed aft into the firewall, and three of the four engine mounts had broken near their respective engine attach points. The empennage, rudder, and vertical stabilizer displayed downward crush damage. Control continuity was traced from each flight control surface to the cockpit area. The measurement of the flap actuator correlated to a flaps retracted position. Both fuel tanks remained intact and retained a significant quantity of fuel.

External examination of the engine revealed four ruptures to the upper portion of the engine case. Pieces of connecting rod, piston, and engine case were recovered along the wreckage path and within the engine's cowling. Further examination revealed that the mating surfaces of the crankcase halves were coated with a type of rubbery substance. The substance was also found on the interior web mating surfaces and the through bolts. The No. 2 main bearing was impact-damaged to the point where the oil port for the bearing was blocked. The No. 1 and No. 2 rod journals on the crankshaft exhibited heat damage and melting, and the rod cap bearings were missing. The No. 1 and No. 2 connecting rods were separated and heat damaged. The No. 1 main bearing was heat damaged and displaced to the rear.

Examination of the ignition harness reveled that it was in place on the engine. The magnetos were attached to the accessory housing case and were not damaged. They were both tested using an electric drill, and they both produced spark at all terminals when the drive shafts were rotated. The spark plugs were removed and examined. They had normal wear when compared to the Champion Check-A-Plug comparison card. They also exhibited dark gray deposits in the electrode areas.

Examination of the carburetor revealed that is was in place and was not damaged. The throttle and mixture controls were connected and moved freely. The fuel screen was clean and no debris was noted within the screen. The carburetor was disassembled and no fuel was observed in the bowl. The bowl was also free of debris. The floats and needle valve were attached and moved freely.

Examination of the oil pump revealed that it was in place and was not damaged. The gears were free to rotate and were coated with oil. Metal particles were observed on the gears, and scoring was observed within the pump housing. The oil filter was not damaged and was secured on the engine. It was cut open and the paper element contained metal particles. The oil sump and pick-up tube were in place and the sump was impact-damaged and contained oil and metal particles. The oil cooler was in place and not damaged and contained oil and metal particles.

All of the cylinders remained in place on the crankcase halves. The pistons were seized in cylinder Nos. 1, 2, 4, and 6. Cylinder Nos. 3 and had light scoring in the barrels and moderate combustion deposits in the cylinder domes. The valves were in place. All of the cylinders except Nos. 3 and 5 had impact damage around the skirts.

A partial field teardown examination of the engine was completed and the engine was subsequently forwarded to the NTSB Materials Laboratory, Washington, DC, for further examination.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

An autopsy was performed on the pilot at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina. The autopsy report noted the cause of death as "consequences of fracture of cervical spine due to aircraft crash." In addition, the pilot was noted to have an enlarged heart with thickening of the left ventricle and coronary artery disease with 90% stenosis in the right coronary artery.

Toxicological testing performed on the pilot by the FAA Bioaeronautical Science Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, identified no carbon and no ethanol. In addition, 0.26 ug/ml of diphenhydramine was identified in the pilot's aortic blood and diphenhydramine and indomethacin were detected in urine. Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine available over the counter in a number of products used to treat cold and allergy symptoms. It is so sedating it is also the active ingredient in a number of over the counter sleep aids. Common products containing diphenhydramine are sold with the names Benadryl and Unisom. Indomethacin is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesic, also known as Indocin and Tivorbex.

SURVIVAL ASPECTS

First responders noted that the pilot's lap belt remained attached and he was seated in the left cockpit seat; however the shoulder harness was not attached. There was no evidence of the pilot wearing the shoulder harness.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

During an interview with the owner of the maintenance facility that performed the most recent engine overhaul, he reported that once an engine is received it is given an overall assessment before disassembly of the engine. After the engine is disassembled, they conduct a detailed inspection of the engine, noting anything that may not have been done correctly and/or anything that is showing excessive wear. During the overhaul, the facility utilized Loctite 515 or Continental approved gasket purple (also known as "grape jelly"). He further stated that if the engine is to be converted similar to the one in the accident airplane, they will send the engine case out to be bored to fit the appropriate cylinders.

The crankcase halves, crankshaft, camshaft, valve lifters, through bolts and main bearings were examined by an NTSB materials engineer. During examination of the case halves, a gray-colored sealant with silk thread was observed around the perimeter of the mating crank case halves. On the main bearing saddles a bead of sealant was observed at the edges of the mating surfaces both on the interior and exterior edges. The gray sealant was also observed on the mating surfaces of the main journal bearing saddle bosses. Examination of the lower bosses of the camshaft journal saddles revealed that fretting damage was observed on Nos. 3 and 4 camshaft journals.

According to P. Ponk Aviation Service Information Letter 001, dated September 24, 2002, the P. Ponk O-470-50 engine should be maintained, repaired, or overhauled in accordance with current Continental O-470 and TSIO-520-C Service Manuals and Service Bulletins. Continental Service Information Letter SIL99-2C, issued March 29, 1999, and revised September 16, 2014, included information for properly applying sealant to the crankcases of O-470 and TSIO-520 series engines. The diagram for sealant application and silk threading on the Continental O-470 engine was shown in Continental SIL99-2C. As indicated, no sealant should be applied on the main journal bearing saddle bosses. Additionally, Continental SIL99-2C further described in areas where the silk threading was applied, the gasket sealant should be applied in a thin, even coat that is allowed to air dry to a tacky condition before applying the silk thread.

NTSB Identification: ERA14FA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 27, 2014 in Littleton, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N182PE
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 June 27, 2014, about 0940 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182Q, N182PE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Littleton, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed from Sabot Airport (1VA0), Sabot, Virginia, at 0850, and was destined for Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (RWI), Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) voice and radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane departed from 1VA0 and climbed to 4,000 feet. About 0930, the pilot advised ATC of equipment issues and requested a diversion to Hanover County Municipal Airport (OFP), Ashland, Virginia. About 5 minutes later, the pilot reported an engine issue and requested another diversion to Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport (IXA), Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Shortly thereafter, the pilot reported that he would perform a forced landing to a field. No further communications were received and the airplane was located by first responders about 1050.

The initial impact point was located in an open, furrowed cotton field and was comprised of a set of three tracks consistent with the airplane's landing gear. The tracks extended about 30 feet on a 110-degree magnetic heading. A ground scar and the airplane's separated nose landing gear were located at the termination of the tracks. The airplane came to rest about 40 feet from where the separated nose landing gear, along the wreckage path. The airplane was inverted and oriented opposite the wreckage path. The nose landing gear strut pushed aft into the firewall, and three of the four engine mounts had broken near their respective engine attach points. The empennage, rudder, and vertical stabilizer displayed downward crush damage.

Control continuity was traced from each flight control surface to the cockpit area. The measurement of the flap actuator correlated to a flaps retracted position. Both fuel tanks remained intact and retained a significant quantity of fuel.

External examination of the engine revealed four ruptures to the upper portion of the engine case. Pieces of the connecting rod, piston, and engine case were recovered along the wreckage path and within the engine's cowling.


ORGAIN, Albert M. IV, of Manakin-Sabot, Va., died Friday morning, June 27, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Norman Orgain; his son, Albert Marcellus Orgain V and his wife, Elizabeth Saxman Orgain; his son, Frazer Macon Orgain and his wife, Corbin Adamson Orgain; his grandsons, Peter Bland Orgain, John Stuart Orgain, Gatewood Harrison Orgain; and his granddaughter, Ann Darnley Orgain. A member of the Sands, Anderson, Marks and Miller law firm for 43 years, he served as the leader of Coverage and Casualty Litigation Group for over twenty of those years. As a specialist in aviation litigation, he earned many honors over the course of his career to include selection to the "Best Lawyers in America" list for the last six years and "Virginia Super Lawyers" for the last seven years. He served as the Chairman of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society and was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010 for his enthusiastic and persistent work in promoting aviation in Virginia. In 2011, Mr. Orgain was named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law in recognition of his aviation law practice and support of aviation history in the Commonwealth. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Born in Columbia, S.C., but raised in Richmond, Mr. Orgain left home to spend his high school years at Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., where he graduated in 1961 and would later serve on the Board of Trustees. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1965, Mr. Orgain served three years in the United States Army as an armor officer, helicopter gunship pilot and instrument flight instructor. During the Vietnam War, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart and received six Air Medals. Upon graduating from Washington and Lee Law School in 1971, Mr. Orgain clerked for the Honorable Judge John A. McKenzie in Norfolk, Va. for two years before being hired as an associate at Sands, Anderson. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Albert M. Orgain IV Scholarship Fund at the Virginia Military Institute or to a charity of one's own choosing.

http://www.bennettfuneralhomes.com

RICHMOND, Va. — A memorial service is scheduled for a local pilot that was killed when his plane went down in North Carolina.

Albert Orgain IV was a Goochland pilot, lawyer and decorated Army veteran. Orgain piloted the plane which left a Manakin Sabot location on Friday morning.  Orgain flew a Cessna registered to his home address.

The FAA said the pilot reported engine problems with the Cessna182Q around 10 a.m. and was diverted several times before the crash.

Services for Albert M. Orgain, IV will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue in Richmond.
 
 Albert Orgain IV


Albert M. Orgain IV


A longtime Richmond-area attorney and aviation expert was the victim of a plane crash in North Carolina on Friday, his law firm announced Friday evening.

A spokesman for the Sands Anderson law firm said the plane involved is registered to firm member Albert M. Orgain IV, who was scheduled to fly to North Carolina on business Friday morning and was piloting the plane alone.

The Sands Anderson firm announced on its website “the sudden passage … of an integral part of our firm for 43 years.”

“Mr. Orgain was one of Virginia’s foremost aviation attorneys and was considered an expert in the aviation and insurance industry. His practice included representing clients in commercial transportation, aviation and utility law and product liability,” the announcement said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine plane crashed into a field near Littleton, N.C., after its pilot reported engine trouble. The Cessna 182 was headed to Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport about 10 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that it has initiated an investigation into the crash that left the plane turned upside-down in a farm field.

Orgain, a celebrated pilot and former chairman of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society and a member of its Hall of Fame, made his home in Goochland County. The plane had departed Friday from Sabot Airport in Goochland.

Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam.

He was a specialist in aviation litigation, often flying his own plane to meet with clients and to the sites of aviation accidents.

In 1982, he was commissioned a captain in the Virginia Army National Guard.

In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2007, the former helicopter gunship pilot remarked on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

“You put your hand on that wall and touch the place where those names are, and you’re taken back to when you were 24 and you thought yourself invincible. It’s proof that you and they were not,” he said.

He said then that he wasn’t sure he would revisit the wall.

“We need to remember, but we don’t need to remember every day.”

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday night.


Source:  http://www.timesdispatch.com


HALIFAX, NC (WWBT) -

A member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, decorated Army veteran and accomplished lawyer died on Friday when his plane went down in North Carolina.

The Sands Anderson law firm confirmed Albert M. Organ IV of Goochland was killed in Friday's crash. He was flying his Cessna 182 from the Sabot airport and was scheduled to stop in North Carolina before heading to the Hanover County Municipal Airport. However, he reported engine trouble in North Carolina and the plane was diverted to the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport.

The plane crashed in a field five miles southwest of the airport around 10 a.m. Friday, according to the FAA.

Orgain had 50 years of flying experience, including as a rotorcraft pilot in the U.S. Army and flying Huey gunship helicopters in Vietnam. He was wounded twice by enemy fire and awarded two Purple Hearts and two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1971. He was a charter member of the Virginia Aviation Foundation, chairman of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society Board and was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

He headed Sands Anderson's Aviation Team where he worked for more than 30 years.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.


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HALIFAX, N.C. — A Goochland pilot, lawyer and decorated Army veteran died when his single-engine plane crashed in North Carolina on Friday.

Albert Orgain IV piloted the plane which left a Mankain Sabot location  Friday morning, confirmed Sands Anderson Executive Director Donald Osborne.  Orgain flew a Cessna registered to his home address.

According to flight path records, Orgain was en route to the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport when he crashed, but that was not his original destination.

The FAA said the pilot reported engine problems with the Cessna182Q around 10 a.m. and was diverted several times.

The accident is currently under investigation by the FAA.

Orgain is a 1965 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.

He served three years as an armor officer, helicopter gunship pilot and instrument flight instructor in the Army.  He was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, and also received six Air Medals.

He continued his military career in 1982, as a captain in the Virginia Army National Guard, where he served a tour as a helicopter pilot and Section Leader. He was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.

Since 1972 Orgain practiced law at the Sands Anderson PC firm in Richmond, specializing in aviation and transportation law.  The firm released a statement late Friday.


We acknowledge with tremendous sadness the sudden passing of Albert M. Orgain, IV, one of our shareholders and an integral part of our firm for 43 years. Mr. Orgain was one of the Virginia’s foremost aviation attorneys and was considered an expert in the aviation and insurance industry. His practice included representing clients in commercial transportation, aviation and utility law and product liability.

The tragic news came as a shock to the Sands Anderson family.  In addition to extending our deepest sympathy and attention to supporting the Orgain family, we have also assembled a special team of attorneys and staff to ensure we examine and maintain Mr. Orgain’s professional obligations.

At this time, we do not have details for Mr. Orgain’s funeral service. We will post more information as it becomes available. 

Orgain’s father, who died in 1999, was a retired agency vice president of the former Life Insurance Co. of Virginia, and formerly a state trooper. 

 We will continue to post new developments with this story. 

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Littleton, N.C. — The pilot was killed Friday morning when a single-engine plane crashed in a Halifax County field, authorities said.   

The single-engine Cessna 182 departed from the Sabot Airport, which is west of Richmond, Va., and was en route to the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport when the pilot reported engine problems, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot was diverted to the Hanover County Municipal Airport north of Richmond but decided to head to the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport for an unknown reason, the FAA said.

The plane crashed about 10 a.m. off Andrew Hale Road near Littleton, about 5 miles southwest of the airport.

The pilot's name hasn't been released, and authorities said no one else was aboard the plane.

A search of the aircraft’s tail number shows it was manufactured in 1977. It is registered to Poe Inc. in Manakin Sabot, Va.

The FAA sent a team investigators to the crash site.


Source:  http://www.wral.com 


ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. -   One person was killed Friday morning after a small plane crashed near the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that a Cessna 182 crashed in a field about five miles southwest of the airport. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday in a farm field off Andrew Hale Road in the Darlington Community.

The FAA said that the pilot reported engine problems before the crash.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp confirmed that the pilot was killed in the crash and that no one else was on board the plane.

The FAA is investigating the crash.


Source: http://www.wjhl.com

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. - One person was killed Friday morning after a small plane crashed near the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that a Cessna 182 crashed in a field about five miles southwest of the airport. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday in a farm field off Andrew Hale Road in the Darlington Community.

The FAA said that the pilot reported engine problems before the crash.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp confirmed that the pilot was killed in the crash and that no one else was on board the plane.

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