Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fantasy Allegro 2000, N5020X: Fatal accident occurred August 14, 2019 in Deep Gap, Watauga County, North Carolina

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

Aircraft crashed into trees.

Date: 14-AUG-19

Time: 09:02:00Z
Regis#: N5020X
Aircraft Make: FANTASY AIR
Aircraft Model: 2000
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

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DEEP GAP — A 67-year-old man died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Aug. 14 after he was in an airplane that crashed in Deep Gap.

Danny Dunn, of 3935 Hardin Road, was the pilot of the aircraft and the only one in the plane, according to Watauga County Sheriff's Office Major Kelly Redmon. Dunn was conscious and alert when he was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist, but did have life-threatening injuries at the time. A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center spokesperson confirmed the death of Dunn at 9:30 p.m. 

Deep Gap Volunteer Fire, Watauga Rescue Squad, Watauga Medics, Watauga County Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 8:57 a.m. 911 call in the 3900 block of Hardin Road, according to Redmon.

Redmon said witnesses stated that the aircraft had taken off from a private airstrip located at Dunn’s address — approximately 100 yards from the crash — about 20 minutes prior to the crash. Witnesses also reported that the plane had circled several times then crashed, Redmon said. The plane caught fire upon impact.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, Dunn has two individual planes listed — a 1973 Aero Commander and a 2005 Allegro 2000. 

Dunn had crawled free from the wreckage and was located some distance away in a steep area, according to Redmon. Dunn was transported to a makeshift landing zone in Wilkes County to be flown to Wake Forest Baptist.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol was securing the scene. The FAA had arrived on scene around 1:30 p.m.

"Everybody on the scene did a great job. The cooperation between agencies was phenomenal,” Redmon said. "I think the people of Watauga County would be proud of how quick the response was and how well it went."

Original article ➤

WATAUGA COUNTY, North Carolina - Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash Wednesday morning in a wooded area of Watauga County.

The crash happened just after 8:40 a.m. near Deep Gap on Hardin Road, about 10 miles northeast of Boone, according to officials.

Deputies told Channel 9's Dave Faherty the pilot crawled from the wreckage and was found some distance away from the plane. Troopers identified him as 67-year-old Danny Dunn and said he suffered burns to more than 70% of his body.

Dunn was then flown to Baptist Hospital. He later died.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Dunn had taken off from his small airstrip in front of his home Wednesday morning, which is a few hundred yards from where the plane went down and caught fire.

Nearby neighbors said Dunn flew for about 10 minutes before the crash.

“He just seemed like he went up and down, you know. He didn’t seem like he had good control of it,” said neighbor Bobby Seatz.

Another neighbor said something didn’t seem right just from the sound of the plane.

“It was making a loud noise. We thought it was a single prop. We were talking about it me and my cousin, man it sounded pretty loud and kind of abnormal,” said neighbor Treas Hanifan.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the wooded area where the plane went down but the tree canopy was so dense, we could not see the wreckage from the air.

Officials have not said what led to the crash, which is under investigation. The pilot was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
Original article can be found here ➤

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