Pilot survives after plane crashes in Morganton, NC


BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) — A man is lucky to be alive after a small plane he was flying crashed down Monday afternoon in Morganton, officials say.

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke to the pilot’s wife Tuesday who said her husband doesn’t remember the crash and he may be going home from the hospital today. She also said he has no broken bones and the effects of his concussion are going away.

Federal Aviation officials say the plane crash landed about 4:30 p.m. in a wooded area on Jamestown Road in Morgantown and caught fire.

The FAA says the plane is a Super Six, fixed-wing experimental aircraft and that only the pilot was on board. The male pilot, whose name has not yet been released, suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be okay, according to Burke County Highway Patrol. Once the pilot has been identified, the FAA says it will release the aircraft registration.

It’s unclear what caused the plane to crash.

The tail number, N426KS, make and model of the crashed aircraft indicate that the plane is registered to a John Shell in Morganton, according to the FAA registry. 

A YouTube video appears to show the plane was part of the Monroe Air Show in 2012. The tail numbers on the plane in the video and the one involved in the crash match. 

Emergency crews were on scene of a fatal ATV accident on Highway 64 at Salem Road in Morganton, but cleared to go to the plane crash site, according to the Burke County Highway Patrol.

Keep refreshing as updates become available.


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