Monday, November 16, 2020

American Legend AL3, N30BX: Accident occurred November 16, 2020 near Pitt-Greenville Airport (KPGV), Pitt County, North Carolina

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.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Location: Greenville, NC
Accident Number: ERA21LA047
Date & Time: November 16, 2020, 12:00 Local
Registration: N30BX
Aircraft: American Legend AL3 
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: American Legend
Registration: N30BX
Model/Series: AL3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPGV,25 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 35.613762,-77.345637 

PITT COUNTY, North Carolina (WITN) - Authorities say a bird strike caused a plane to crash in a soybean field, just two miles from the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

It happened around 3:15 p.m. on Highway 43 north of Greenville near the U.S. 264 interchange.

A WITN photographer says the small yellow plane is upside-down in a soybean field behind a home.

There are no flames or smoke coming from the aircraft.

Pitt County Emergency Management tells WITN that the people on the aircraft were adult men. One of them was taken to Vidant Medical Center with minor injuries.

The single-engine American Legend AL3 is owned by Duane Walker of Grifton. According to federal records, the aircraft was built in 2007.

Red Oak Fire Chief George Darden says it was on a training flight that had just left the Pitt-Greenville Airport when a bird hit the aircraft.

Darden says they tried to land in the field and made it to the ground, but the plane then flipped over.

The chief said the two people on the plane were a flight instructor and a student. He said the student was the one who was taken to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive tomorrow to conduct the investigation into the mishap.

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