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Pilot in Guilford plane crash was Fuquay-Varina woman

Posted April 1, 2011

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— Authorities identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash in Guilford County late Wednesday as a Fuquay-Varina woman.

Marcia Salmons Keaton, 50, was flying the Beechcraft Baron 58 owned by Charlotte-based charter company Jet Logistics when the aircraft plunged into a house on Brian Hollars Court in High Point, about 3 miles from Piedmont Triad International Airport, according to High Point police.

Passenger Dr. Thomas Littlejohn III of Winston-Salem, president of clinical research firm PMG, also was killed in the crash. No one on the ground was hurt.

The plane left Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon and was headed to Winston-Salem when it encountered storms and limited visibility. The National Weather Service reported heavy fog in the area at the time, with visibility as low as a quarter-mile.

Keaton spoke with air traffic controllers, who rerouted her to Greensboro because of the bad weather, according to Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta.

“I don’t think you would ever have found a more rooted person, with a deep belief in God,” a grief-stricken Davide Keaton said Friday of his wife.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site on Thursday to try to determine the cause of the crash.

On Friday, crews removed the plane's wreckage from the house so investigators can examine it more closely.

"It's not something that you can just jump to a conclusion based on one or two pieces of information. So, there's lots of information that take time to develop," NTSB investigator Dennis Diaz said.

Jet Logistics has declined to comment on the crash, referring all questions to the NTSB.

"Our highest priority remains addressing the personal welfare of those immediately affected by this tragic loss, as well as any others directly or indirectly impacted," the company said in a statement posted on its website.


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  • heat764 Apr 7, 2011

    I was flying right over GSO when this happened, heard everything. Sure leaves you feeling sad for her families loss and all families involved.

  • rhowerton Apr 1, 2011

    May God Be With These 2 Family's At This Time Of Sorrow

  • acp327 Apr 1, 2011

    When I first read the story yesterday I was saddened but that is reasonable.

    When I saw the picture of this woman I could see the beauty inside and out and I broke down in tears.

    God Bless and God speed.

    To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine.

  • pebbles262004 Apr 1, 2011

    So sorry for your loss..

  • OSX Apr 1, 2011

    Hello Sir, So sorry to hear about this loss of your lovely wife. She is home now. You will see your bride in time but you can't stop living your life. Our lifetime is nothing but a grain of sand on a beach. She will be waiting for you.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 1, 2011

    From what the husband described, and from her picture, she was a VERY beautiful woman in more ways than one. Prayers to the families of her, the Dr., and the families on the ground that suffered material losses. Many lives were affected. It happens. That's about all you can say.

  • rayrayjay17 Apr 1, 2011

    Sad story!!! God Bless the families!!

  • polecat1 Apr 1, 2011

    What a beautiful smile graces this attractive,accomplished woman's face. Her family must be devastated.
    And if you can't think of anything to write here other than insults or snarky comments about someone I'm sure none of you knew, then kindly keep your thoughts to yourself.

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2011

    Its not important who was piloting the plane, woman or man. She has now passed away. We should at least respect that. Obviously, she had the skills and license to drive the place; and that should never be in question.

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2011

    May God continue to bless the two families. I am glad no one else was hurt in this tragedy. My condolences to the families in their loss, the driver of the plane and the passenger. May God continue to be with all of you.