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No injuries reported in Lake Gaston plane crash

Posted June 18

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— A small plane crashed and flipped on Saturday into the waters of Lake Gaston near Littleton.

William Bennett, of Williamsburg, Virginia, was trying to land the aircraft on the water near Eaton Ferry Bridge Road, but his wheels were engaged, according to officials. When the plane hit the water, it flipped onto its roof.

"It's just an unfortunate mishap," Bennett said. "I'm not too proud of that."

Bennett told WRAL News that he was flying from Petersburg, Virginia, to visit friends on Lake Gaston. He was not injured in the crash.

"I just heard a loud noise and ran out," said Amber Daniel, who lives on Gaston Lake. "I thought it was a sailboat because it's so windy, then I realized it was a plane, so I grabbed the phone and called 911."

Officials said Bennett's was the second seaplane to crash into Lake Gaston since late April. Three people were aboard a Maule 235 single-engine aircraft, which rolled three times across the water. Nobody was injured in the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration officials are expected to examine the plane on Monday.


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  • Jennifer Hulford Jun 18, 9:05 p.m.
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    Justa, my point was that the skies are a nightmare in the northeast. But feel free to turn this comment section into a new civil war. Because that's not rude.

  • Craig Elliott Jun 18, 8:41 p.m.
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    Thank you.

    I'm told I-95 runs both ways these days...

  • Justa Mann Jun 18, 4:19 p.m.
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    Well then. Another northerner who moved to the south and wants to complain that life was better in the north. Move back. But if you would like to become more informed, you could do a little research on the NTSB web site and there you could review the aircraft accidents and location. My guess is that your small world of what you remember is actually a lot bigger.

  • Jennifer Hulford Jun 18, 2:47 p.m.
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    I grew up by a small airport, in the congested North East, between the three huge NYC airports and Boston... from birth to 38 years old. A small plane crash near us was a once in a decade rarity. Y'all can't keep your planes in the air here. What's up with that?