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Crews Recover Plane that Crashed in Harnett County

Posted March 19, 1999

— Crews recovered a plane in a rural, wooded part of Harnett County that crashed there early Saturday morning. The plane's pilot and passenger literally walked away from the crash.

The pilot and passenger made it to Byrd Mill Road after walking for more than an hour in a swampy, wooded area.

The man and woman finally flagged down one of more than a dozen troopers, deputies and rescue workers who were combing the area looking for them.

"They were just waving at me when I got up there," said Deputy George Robinson. "I had my blue lights on while I was looking."

Robinson said the victims' wounds were not life threatening. "The man got damage over his left eye, got a bad cut over his left eye. The female had some bruised knees. Other than that, they were okay," Robinson said.

The pilot and passenger were disoriented and exhausted. They told rescue workers they were lucky to be alive.

The victims were treated and released from the hospital, and have returned home.

The plane was traveling from Florence, S.C., to Franklin County.


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