Plane Crashes in Brunswick County

AUGUST 7, 2005 -- Two people are dead after a small plane crash in Brunswick County Sunday. Both the pilot, Robert James Swanson, 62, of Southport, and his only passenger, John Nesbit, 51, of Carolina Beach, were killed in the crash.

The plane went down in a cow pasture, near the intersection of Highway 211 and Old Lennon Road, just south of Supply. According to the sheriff's office, the plane took off from the Brunswick County Airport Sunday morning. The sheriff's office was alerted the plane was missing just before 5:00 Sunday evening. Several planes were sent out to search for the missing plane, a new sport aircraft Allegro 2000.

The plane was spotted just before 6:00pm. Authorities say Swanson was apparently an experienced pilot. There's no word on what caused the plane to crash, and the sheriff's office says there were no reported problems with the plane when it took off.  Officials say it's a fairly new model, single engine, two-seater plane that was built in June. The FAA will arrive Monday to investigate.