Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fatal accident occurred June 16, 2017 near Harnett Regional Jetport (KHRJ), Erwin, Harnett County, North Carolina




ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) — A weight-shift-control trike crash Friday in Harnett County has killed one person, authorities confirmed.

The crash happened near Pierce Lane in Erwin, officials said. More details were not immediately available.

Marshal Thomas Watkins, 71, of Raleigh was killed in the crash, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Witnesses stated that the aircraft was taking off from a grassy private airstrip located next to Pierce Lane,” the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “It appeared to the witnesses that a gust of wind pushed the aircraft toward a group of trees near the runway, the aircraft made a sharp turn away from the trees and went down.”

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 ERWIN, N.C. — One person died when a weight-shift-control trike crashed Friday afternoon near Harnett County JetPort at Pierce Lane.

71-year-old Marshall Thomas Watkins of Raleigh was piloting the craft and was the only person on board.

Maj. Gary McNeill of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said witnesses saw Watkins' craft hit by a gust of wind as he took off. He tried to correct his path but ended up going down in a nearby field.

Jimmy Dorman, a fellow pilot, said, "It's a bad situation, and it had me worried to death when I heard that it might be some of my friends that hang around here and fly."

Dorman was among a number of pilots to converge on the airfield after the incident.

Story and video:  http://www.wral.com

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