Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cessna 150C, N7929Z, Bahamas Habitat: Fatal accident occurred December 16, 2017 near Triangle North Executive Airport (KLHZ), Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft crashed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7929Z

Date: 16-DEC-17
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N7929Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: CASTALIA
State: NORTH CAROLINA


Steve Merritt


Louisburg, N.C. — The single-engine plane that crashed in a Nash County field on Saturday, killing the pilot, had experienced engine trouble the previous day, according to fellow pilots.

Steve Merritt, 70, a flight instructor and the manager of the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg, went to retrieve the Cessna 150C plane, which a teenage pilot landed in a field off N.C. Highway 56 on Friday, fellow pilots said Monday. After a mechanic performed some work on the engine, Merritt took off, planning to return the plane to the airport, but it crashed shortly after takeoff, they said.

"What they were doing was very simple – just flying it off a rough field. It wasn’t a problem. He was a very experienced pilot," pilot John Styers said Monday.

"For some reason, he got off the ground, but he didn’t make it back," pilot Ben Cason said. "It's tragic, just tragic."

Merritt, who was from Cary, was the only person aboard when it crashed, authorities said. He died Sunday at WakeMed in Raleigh, according to his family.

"Steve was a huge personality here, and he's the glue that held a lot of us together," aircraft broker Ernesto Ibbott said. "We're all very much deeply feeling his loss today as a friend, as a professional."

Wellington Merritt said his father grew up in Wilmington, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in Vietnam as a radioman for the Navy. He had various government jobs and owned a printing company before his work as a flight instructor and manager took off, his son said.

Steve Merritt also was heavily involved in various causes in the Bahamas, from animal rescues to building a home for orphan children, and he organized relief flights to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there, family and friends said.

"Everybody loved him. Everybody loved Steve," Cason said.

"He loved flying very much. That rubbed off on many people," Ibbott said. "(He was) one of the most knowledgeable instructors you can find. He instilled a lot of confidence in a lot of student pilots."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.


Story and video:  http://www.wral.com


FRANKLIN COUNTY (WTVD) --  According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot involved in a plane crash Saturday afternoon has died.

The pilot was identified as Stephen Merritt, manager of the Triangle North Executive Airport.

The crash happened near N.C. Highway 56 and Walter Collins Road, east of Louisburg just after 2:30 p.m.

According to the FAA, a Cessna 150C aircraft crashed in a field in Franklin County.

They said there was a small fire on the plane when it went down, but fire crews were on scene to put out the flames.

The FAA is investigating the incident; they have yet to comment how the incident occurred.  

Original article can be found here ➤ http://abc11.com




LOUISBURG, N.C. (WNCN) — The pilot of a small plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Franklin County is in critical condition after surgery, officials said.

The plane went down off Highway 56 just north of Walter Collins Road outside Louisburg, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene.

FAA officials later said that a Cessna 150C aircraft crashed around 2:40 p.m. in a field near the town of Castalia.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was injured and taken to WakeMed for treatment.

After surgery on Saturday, the pilot was listed in critical condition, according to Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead.

Story and video:  http://wncn.com

FRANKLIN COUNTY (WTVD) -- According to the NC State Highway Patrol, Franklin County authorities responded to a plane crash near N.C. Highway 56 and Walter Collins Road, east of Louisburg.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a Cessna 150C aircraft crashed in a field in Franklin County just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

They said there was a small fire on the plane when it went down, but fire crews were on scene to put out the flames.

The FAA said only the pilot was on board and he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Officials with the FAA will be investigating.

Story and video: http://abc11.com

LOUISBURG, N.C. — The pilot of a small plane that crashed Saturday afternoon is listed in critical condition after surgery at Wake Med.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to a Cessna 150C crash in a field east of Louisburg near N.C. Highway 56.

Multiple agencies, including Highway Patrol and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, responded to the crash that occurred around 2:45 p.m.

Authorities have not identified the pilot.

Story and video: http://www.wral.com

Louisburg, N.C. — The pilot of a small plane that crashed Saturday afternoon has been identified by officials as a Franklin County Airport Director.

Steve Merritt, a flight instructor and the manager of the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg, is listed in critical condition Sunday after surgery at WakeMed.

On Saturday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to a two-seater plane crash in a field east of Louisburg near N.C. Highway 56 around 2:45 p.m.

A witness said Merritt appeared to be conscious while being taken from the scene.

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