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Pilot killed when small plane crashes in Apex airfield

Posted March 8

— The pilot of a biplane died Wednesday afternoon in a crash into the private Cox Airfield off U.S. Highway 64 north of Apex.

According to registry documents, the plane was owned by Bruce C. Jordan, of 6905 Wade Drive in Cary. The model number suggests it was built from a kit. It was not immediately clear whether Jordan was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

Sgt. Michael Baker, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said the pilot was coming in for a landing when he clipped a tree and the plane plowed into the ground.

Weather did not appear to have been a factor. At the time of the crash, just before 4 p.m., skies were clear and winds were gusting to 18 mph.

The archive of the National Transportation Safety Board lists one other crash in the history of the Cox Airfield. In December 1982, two aircraft collided in midair after the pilots failed to see one another. No one was killed in that crash.


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