Local News

Pilot injured in small plane crash in Moore County

Posted October 17, 2010
Updated October 18, 2010

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The pilot of a single-engine plane was hospitalized Sunday after a crash in Moore County.

Roland Gilliam, owner of Gilliam McConnell Airfield in Carthage, said Keith Cox and two friends flew into the Pik N Pig at the airstrip for lunch and had just left when Cox reported trouble on his radio.

Gilliam said Cox radioed that his wings were shaking and he couldn't control his plane.

Pilot injured in Moore Co. plane crash Pilot injured in Moore Co. plane crash

Frank Staples, safety officer of the Circle V Fire Department in Vass, said Cox, of Hope Mills, was alone in the plane when it went down off Morganton Road just after 2:30 p.m.

Witnesses said it sounded like the plane was having engine trouble before it spiraled into the woods. Gilliam said Cox tried to land on a nearby road.

After seeing the wreckage of Cox's plane, Sgt. Andy Conway of the Moore County Sheriff's Office said, "It's amazing he's alive. It really is."

Cox was alert and talking when rescuers reached him. He was listed in serious condition Monday morning at UNC Hospital.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plan, with tail number N838B, was a Replica P51 Mustang Plane.

investigators were on the scene of the crash trying to determine the cause of the crash.

3 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • AF Flight Nurse Oct 18, 2010

    We saw the flashing blue lights and the beginning of the investigation as well. Thank the Lord the pilot of this aircraft survived and no one else was injured. The plane can be replaced. We are grateful to learn the pilot is ok; he was skilled in minimizing harm/damage to others/property.

  • pmicallef313 Oct 18, 2010

    My husband and I were just getting out of our car at Olive Garden when this plane was coming down. We could see the wing flaps going up and down and the wings were most definatley shaking. We are glad to hear the pilot survived, and wish him the best, also thankful tht no one was injured on the ground in such a busy area.

  • chuckswife091209 Oct 18, 2010

    I was at Pinecrest Plaza as this was happening. There was a yellow plane flying in circles over the shopping center to alert the rescuers (I assume), but moreso to stay there with his buddy. We heard the sirens from EMS and the Fire Depts and went to see what had happened. From a distance, because we didn't want to be in the way, you could see the plane, or what was left of it. As the report states, "Frank Staples, safety officer of the Circle V Fire Department in Vass, said Cox, of Hope Mills, was alone in the plane when it went down off Morganton Road just after 2:30 p.m." THIS IS NOT A TRUE STATEMENT... GOD AND HIS ANGELS WERE FLYING WITH THIS MAN!!"