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Crash landing was close call for Granville County couple

Posted August 29, 2014

— It was a close call for a Granville County couple after a small plane crashed into a tree in their yard – just feet from their master bedroom – just before midnight Friday.

The fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna 150L from Kentucky crashed in a neighborhood on Krogen Court in Brassfield, near Oxford, Granville County authorities said.

The pilot, James Leggett, was taken to Duke University Hospital for minor injuries. No one was seriously hurt, authorities said.

Leggett had contacted Raleigh-Durham International Airport just after 11 p.m., saying he was having trouble, but flight controllers lost contact with the plane, which was found a short time later in trees just feet from the home of Ashley and David Bartlett.

"It could've been catastrophic," Ashley Bartlett said Friday. "It could've been horrific."

The couple, who moved into the home three weeks ago, said they were asleep and heard nothing. They awoke to flashing lights outside their bedroom window.

"It just totally caught us off-guard and by surprise," Ashley Bartlett said. "They had already removed the pilot, and we never heard a peep."

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