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Plane crashes in Cumberland County

Posted June 5, 2008

— A plane crashed near N.C. Highway 210 South and Ingram Road, about 22 miles southeast of Fayetteville, around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, but two people in the plane escaped injury, authorities said.

David Edge, of Lumberton, was piloting a Cirrus SR-22 with the registration number N300PB when it went down in a field around 7:10 p.m., said Kathleen Burgen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane caught fire, but crews contained the blaze, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Edge and an employee of his were in the aircraft, Edge's wife, Kathy, said. Neither was hurt in the crash, and both got out before the fire started, Cumberland County emergency officials said.

Kathy Edge said her husband told her he did not need medical treatment and was safely on his way home by 8:30 p.m.

No one on the ground was hurt, officials said.

The plane crashed when its rudder pulled to the left and the left wing dropped and would not come back to a level position, Kathy Edge said.

Edge's plane had been at private landing strip near his brother's house in southeastern Cumberland, his wife said.

State troopers and officials with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were took charge of the crash scene.


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  • Travised Jun 6, 2008

    With the rudder usually that means cable related issues if it was not the pilot. Either it's pathway was obstructed or the guides wore off and the braid started to fray. Sometimes it's just a freak of the day. I know an aircraft that passed inspections, then when we started it up, the braid at the throttle in the cabin snapped later that year. We looked at it when we had it replaced and noticed no wear pattern; it was the crimp that gave.

    YES the Cirrus birds are newer, and take additional training to use them compared to the single engine Cessna's. In fact Cirrus has a NEW one they are taking orders for now. Based up in Duluth MN.

  • Mom of two Jun 6, 2008

    Thank God no one was hurt.

  • commonsensical Jun 6, 2008

    The SR22 is a very popular and low cost aircraft that has been around for several years. It is also used extensively for flight training. With a large number in the air, being flown by learning and newly minted pilots, you'd expect to see a higher number of them being bent. We don't hear about many Ferraris crashing on the highway either. Why? There aren't many of them, they don't get much road time, and they're generally being driven by seasoned, experienced operators.

  • Panther Jun 6, 2008

    The NTSB reports that 6 accidents of SR-22’s have happened in the USA from 2003 till 2006. Only two accidents involved fatalities. Out of those pilot error (lack of experience) is the probable cause of 5 of them. One appears to be mechanical problems with the engine. It seems to me that their has been two more accidents with the SR-22 in the last two years one of them being yesterday, but the NTSB has not completed their investigation yet.

  • Tripwire Jun 6, 2008

    The rudder (vertical stabilizer) sticking to the left would cause the plane to yaw to the left; it wouldn't necessarily cause the left wingtip to dip would it? Just wondering I'm not a pilot.

  • Panther Jun 6, 2008

    I agree with you 100% I will research this with the NTSB and let you know what I find out. I too have seen a pattern, I don't know if its inexperenced pilots or aerodynamics, but you have stired up something interesting.

  • gman976 Jun 6, 2008

    I've been noticing the SR22 trend for quite some time. It's interesting to note that I'm not the only one. I don't think they're are many of these out there, certainly not amy left...

  • GulfWarVet Jun 6, 2008

    the interesting factoid (and major take home) about this news bit is that yet ANOTHER SR22 has gone down. Seems, to me, like a building trend with this aircraft.

  • Tripwire Jun 6, 2008

    Like they say "any landing you can walk away from is a good landing" I'm glad no one was hurt.

  • tsquaring Jun 6, 2008

    It has that information now, but not when it was published originally. If you look there is a place where it shows the time the story was revised.