Private plane crashes in Pender County, two hospitalized for injuries

Two people riding inside a small private airplane were injured after the plane had to make an emergency landing.
Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 5:47 AM EDT
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PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Two people riding inside a small private airplane were injured after the plane had to make an emergency landing. At least two people in the area saw the plane go down, including a farmer picking corn.

Pender County 911 got a call for a downed aircraft at 3:54 p.m. on Monday, September 5. First responders were able to find the two on a private farm off of Shiloh Road and took them to a local hospital. It’s currently not clear how severe their injuries are.

Local first responders including State Highway Patrol responded to the incident, and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident further.

“We were just working on Labor Day and one of my drivers saw the plane coming over the road here,” said Gene West, who witnessed the aftermath of the crash. “And so it kept getting lower and lower and when he turned the corner and looked back, he saw it go down and he called me.”

“NTSB will come in and they’ll do their investigation to see what, where, when, and how and why the plane went down,” said Tommy Batson of Pender County Emergency Management. “And at that time, they may be able to release photos and more information on the plane’s make, model, tail number, and other information that you wish to have.”

WECT will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as new information comes in.