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One killed in plane crash near Bahama

Posted October 21, 2014

— One person was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed in northern Durham County, authorities said.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area off Archery Range Road near Lake Michie at about 12:25 p.m.

Troy Kafka said he and his mother were sitting on their back porch when they saw the plane go down.

"It wasn't really cutting out, but you could tell something was wrong because it was going fast, really fast," Kafka said of the plane's engine.

John Infinger said he could hear the plane before it went down.

"I thought to myself, 'That's weird. You don't ever hear small planes around here," Infinger said. "I never looked up to see what it was, but I could hear him pretty good. I guess he was pretty low."

Bahama Fire Department Deputy Chief Charles Sanford said two people were aboard the plane. There was no word on the condition of the second person, who was taken to a nearby hospital.

The wreckage was found in an area that used to be a city park, Sanford said.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Beechcraft Travel Air 95 took off from Lake Ridge Aero Park, a grass runway on the banks of Falls Lake, shortly after 11:30 a.m.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


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  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 22, 2014

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    An accident or a mishap is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome which might have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Injury prevention refers to activities designed to foresee and avoid accidents.

    Accidents of particularly common types (crashing of automobiles, events causing fire, etc.) are investigated to identify how to avoid them in the future. This is sometimes called root cause analysis, but does not generally apply to accidents that cannot be deterministically predicted. A root cause of an uncommon and purely random accident may never be identified, and thus future similar accidents remain "accidental."

  • lovetheheels Oct 22, 2014

    What has happened to civility that some of you just can't let something go? Name calling, sarcasm...for heaven's sake...one person has been killed and another is in the hospital. Be thankful it wasn't you.

  • btneast Oct 22, 2014

    There ya go, simpleton. What do you care what they call it? I'm sure they didn't crash on purpose. A crash as opposed to an accident. Accident implies it was completely unavoidable, that there was no cause that could have been avoided. There is ALWAYS a cause. It is not to imply that the pilot did anything intentionally....but there is something that caused the crash....bad fuel, faulty part, pilot error, etc.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 22, 2014

    This is so terrible!!! How how how could this happen!!????

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 22, 2014

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    There ya go, simpleton. What do you care what they call it? I'm sure they didn't crash on purpose. Your ignorance shows since someone died and all you comment on is whether they miscategorize the event. Yokel, for sure

  • LocalYokel Oct 22, 2014

    Thanks for not calling this event an "accident".

  • USMC Vet Oct 21, 2014

    Prayers for their loved ones.

  • moomoo Oct 21, 2014

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    Is there any optimism in a plane crash scenario?

  • carolinarox Oct 21, 2014

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    Try and get hold of yourself! Small planes crash rather frequently.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 21, 2014

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    I prefer to be more optimistic about it.