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Pilot suffers minor injuries in Granville County plane crash

Posted August 28
Updated August 29

— A pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries late Thursday after a small aircraft went down on Krogen Court in Brassfield, Granville County authorities said. 

According to Granville County investigators, the plane was traveling from Kentucky when it went down shortly before midnight next to a home. 

James Leggett, the pilot, contacted officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and said he was having trouble. Airport officials contacted Wake County authorities after they lost contact with the plane, and it was found a short time later by State Highway Patrol troopers. 

Investigators said people inside the home near the site of the crash didn't hear anything when the blue and white Cessna 150L landed in trees just feet from the front door.  

The fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft was manufactured in 1971, and it is registered to Ethan J. Leggett, of Pewee Valley, Kentucky. 

National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected to arrive at the scene early Friday to investigate the cause of the crash.

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  • alabama Aug 29, 12:55 p.m.

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good one......
    I used to fly light aircraft in... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    This is clearly cause for banning private planes. People don't need them and they are obviously... View More

    — Posted by disgusted2010

    Excuse me, what universe do you live in? I can count the number of people *on the ground* killed or injured by light airplane crashes in a year one one hand and have fingers left over. How many non-driver/passengers do you imagine are killed by cars in a year? Should we ban cars?

  • LocalYokel Aug 29, 12:26 p.m.

    wral, Thanks for not calling this an plane "accident".

  • disgusted2010 Aug 29, 12:06 p.m.

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good one......
    I used to fly light aircraft in... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    This is clearly cause for banning private planes. People don't need them and they are obviously dangerous. There are just too many people living in NC for planes to be flying over hour heads.

    No civilized western european utopian country would allow such a dangerous practice.

    Manufacture of planes must stop and those already in circulation must be confiscated and destroyed.

  • Grand Union Aug 29, 11:09 a.m.

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good one......
    I used to fly light aircraft in Florida....and there was usually plenty of open spaces, golf courses, swamps etc where one could have at least tried to get it down in more or less piece. Around here with so many trees and at night.......this was one luckly and or skillful guy......

  • ligonmaterial23 Aug 29, 10:30 a.m.

    Um , Honey , there is a plane in the front yard .

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 29, 10:13 a.m.

    That's one lucky pilot! Wonder what kind of trouble he had? His flaps are down, so it looks like a controlled "landing".

  • lec02572 Aug 29, 9:21 a.m.

    My neighbors and the pilot were very lucky.