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Pilot in serious condition days after crash

Posted June 3, 2008
Updated June 4, 2008

— A pilot whose single engine plane crashed on Interstate 85 has improved to serious condition.

Richard Fuller had been in critical condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. But nursing supervisor Michelle Boyce said Monday that he was in serious condition.

Fuller was airlifted to the hospital after the Friday night crash. The Durham County sheriff's deputy was the only person aboard the aircraft.

The plane crashed on Interstate 85 at about 7 p.m. near a grass landing strip just south of the freeway. The crash slowed traffic to a crawl, but no other injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.


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  • Jun 2, 2008

    I saw that plane Friday evening as we crossed Falls Lake heading south on I-85. The pilot was landing on the grass runway or maybe doing a touch-and-go. Watching the plane so close to the trees crossing I-85, I though he was going to crash.

  • Panther Jun 2, 2008

    I for one am glad to here that a fellow aviator is doing much better. Good luck Ron and I hope to see you back in the sky soon.