Oxford, N.C. — The pilot and passenger of a small plane were badly shaken but not seriously injured Thursday when their craft landed in an Oxford wheat field.
"A guy come out of the field with his head bleeding. It was bleeding so bad, and he couldn't see," witness Bruce Crew said.
Matt McKee, 51, of Franklin County, was at the controls. He told Drew that his engine sputtered and then died about 10 minutes after takeoff from the Henderson-Oxford Airport.
His passenger, the plane's owner, Albert Wehe, 81, of Raleigh, was a bit more shaken up, Crew said.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Beech A23, fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft took off just after 10 a.m. It hit the ground just off Huntsboro Road, about a mile from the airport, about 10 minutes later.