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Grandfather, grandson involved in second small-plane crash in Apex

Posted April 27, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014

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— A Wake County man was injured Sunday afternoon when the small plane he was piloting crashed into a wood line in Apex, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Bryan Henry Esterly, 74, was taking off from a private air strip when his Alon Aircoupe A2 crashed near westbound U.S. Highway 64 shortly after 5 p.m., according to investigators.

Esterly was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. His 15-year-old grandson, Derrick Esterly, who was in the plane with him, was not hurt.

In August, Esterly was involved in a hard landing along the same air strip – a short, dirt runway. In that incident, authorities say, Esterly landed too fast and that his plane flipped.


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  • mabryhill Apr 28, 2014

    It might be grandpa, or maybe grandson is trying to learn how to fly?

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

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    Sure he was. He crashed the plane on Air Drive.

    I'd love to see this man's airplane insurance premium.

  • Janet Scott Apr 28, 2014
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    This man lives close to my neighborhood. I saw the plane after the first accident. He needs to have his license revoked...NOW. And endangering his grandson is unbelievable.

  • 678devilish Apr 28, 2014

    I believe this grandfather put himself as well as his grandson in danger. They both could have been killed. I do belive the grandfather should not be allowed to fly a plane ever again. He is in his 70's so its time maybe to let go.

  • pw Apr 28, 2014

    Sounds like he's one of the Uncles in Second Hand Lions!!!!!!!!!! lol

  • disgusted2010 Apr 28, 2014

    Wow, the censors are touchy today.

  • ncguy Apr 28, 2014

    what's his insurance like?

  • Todd Singleton Apr 28, 2014
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    I get nervous in a car when someone 75+ is behind the wheel. A plane? No way.

  • buford Apr 28, 2014

    Time to turn in your wings Gramps...

  • sidecutter Apr 28, 2014

    Why is the Highway Patrol investigating? He wasn't in the road.