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Man injured in plane crash at Holly Ridge Airport identified

Published: Apr. 23, 2019 at 5:46 PM EDT
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TOPSAIL, NC (WITN/ WECT) - A plane crash in Onslow County left one person injured on Monday.

Robert Barrows, the pilot who crashed his experimental plane nose down into the ground, was in fair condition Tuesday morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

FAA records show Barrows owns the 2012 Bearhawk LSA that crashed Monday afternoon at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3 p.m.

After the crash, the plane remained vertical with its nose in the ground.

The Highway Patrol said Barrows was the only person on board, and that the aircraft clipped some power lines and crashed.

Barrows, a Fincastle, Va., native, was airlifted to the Wilmington hospital after the crash. Col. Chris Thomas with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot had an apparent injury to his leg or foot.

The Highway Patrol and the FAA are investigating the crash.

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