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Report faults bad weather for plane crash

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The wreckage of a Piper PA 46-350P sits on a trailer near the scene where if crashed on June 7 in Nash County.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released this week reveals that bad weather was likely the cause of a plane crash that killed four people and two dogs on June 7 in Nash County.

The plane was found in a wooded area of Nash County after an intense multi-agency search prompted by the discovery of both wings of the plane along Harrison Road on the afternoon of June 7.

“On June 7, 2019, about 13:33 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 46-350P, N709CH, broke up in flight following an encounter with weather near Castalia, North Carolina. The private pilot, a pilot-rated passenger, and two other passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed,” the report said.

More details of the fatal incident will be reported in Thursday’s edition of the Rocky Mount Telegram after the report is analyzed in more detail.

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