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Pilot in Plane Crash Identified; Witnesses Sought

Posted September 24, 2007

— Authorities on Monday identified the pilot who was killed Friday when his plane slammed into a Clayton restaurant.

Separately, authorities said they are seeking more witnesses to the crash to help with the investigation into the cause.

Garry Stephen Reid, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., died when his single-engine 1947 North American Navion crashed into the front of McCall's BBQ and Seafood restaurant, at 10365 U.S. Highway 70 West.

No one else was injured in the crash, which occurred about an hour before the popular restaurant was scheduled to open for lunch.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board removed the wreckage from the McCall's building on Sunday and took it to an undisclosed location for further examination.

The cause of the crash hasn't been determined.

Clayton Police Chief Glen Allen said the NTSB is looking for more witnesses to the crash or people who saw the plane flying Friday morning before the crash. Witnesses are asked to call the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611.

The owners of McCall's don't yet have an estimate of the damage to the restaurant, but they said they expect their insurance coverage should handle rebuilding and the cost of paying their 100 employees until the restaurant reopens.


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  • SOUTHERN BELL Sep 25, 2007

    Ladyblue there was a tape of the inside of the crash shown on wral that same day two men took it. That is what I was refering to. We found some of the parts of the plane but just could not profit from a mans death so they got what we had for nothing other than good citizens like yourself. Sorry if I was harsh.

  • ladyblue Sep 25, 2007

    Just a note I don't know who or how much people were paid for there comment's or tape's of the crash but did you not realize you were making a profit from a man's death. While you were filming a man was in that building dead and you were making $$$$$. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

    Then I apologize. I thought you were referring to the witnesses commenting to the news reporters. I can't imagine someone having a tape after, and that is disgusting. I wish there was a tape of it actually in the air to help the airplane investigators out. Sometimes even now i catch myself saying did I see what I think I saw? It's hard seeing it in your mind over again....

  • SOUTHERN BELL Sep 25, 2007

    Ladyblue I was not referring to you at all. There was a tape made after the crash not of the crash and alot of $ was made as well. If you didn't see the tape sorry. You need to read my comment again I did not say one bad thing about the pilot. Perhaps you just don't understand.

  • shellieconley Sep 25, 2007

    RickyBobby, the name fits. There is a time and a place for everything and your timing is way off. If you want to support the business maybe you should go down there and help with the clean up. Your comments are insulting to me and to anyone who knew Garry.

  • headlong Sep 25, 2007

    I tried to find the online GuestBook to sign for Mr. Reid but nothing comes up at Legacy.com

  • ladyblue Sep 25, 2007

    sunderwood--I don't know of any tape of the actual crash but let me speak on my behalf. I wasn't offered, didn't ask and sure as hello didn't even think nor have I thought of money being made. I was a terrified witness who knew in my heart this was a tragedy. I can't imagine anyone saying such horrid things as you just have and I hope the family nothing but peace from this ordeal. I was across highway 70 but by the grace of God my shock was so immense that bystanders stopped me before I ran across #70. ( Don't know why I was headed that way unless it was to help) Again I say. It will all be sorted out but I think the pilot did the best he could to save the most people he could. Bless the family at this time through these hardships.

  • SOUTHERN BELL Sep 25, 2007

    I live behind Mccalls my son was the first one in the building to help save the pilot. We would like to have the address of the family so that we can send flower's and a card. Is there anyway you can help me with this? I have tried to find an obituary but have not had any luck. We are very greatful to Garry for his bravery. He saved alot of lives that day and mine was one of them as was my son and husband. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends. Garry did the only thing he could and he is a HERO to us. Please contact me at sunderwood@wakemed.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Just a note I don't know who or how much people were paid for there comment's or tape's of the crash but did you not realize you were making a profit from a man's death. While you were filming a man was in that building dead and you were making $$$$$. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

  • shellieconley Sep 24, 2007

    I would like to thank ladyblue for her kind words. I was very close to the pilot, Garry and he was a wonderful man. He had the biggest heart of anyone i have ever known and to read some of the BS I have on his death has been very heartbreaking. Your kind words have helped me tremendously, thank you and god bless

  • The Fox Sep 24, 2007

    Hi lady B -I thought that was you on channel 11? Perhaps what you saw will help investigators piece this together.

  • ladyblue Sep 24, 2007

    All I can tell of the mechanics of it is that that plane was running like the throttle was full blast. It just didn't seem to look like the power was there. I know nothing of planes so I hold my tongue. It reminded of a car in park with the engine being revved as fast as it could go. After all the plane was a one propeller job.