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Two reportedly dead in Winston-Salem airplane crash

Posted March 31, 2013

— A small airplane with two people on board crashed and burned in a Winston-Salem neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the fixed-wing single-engine Lancair LC-42 was headed from North Wilkesboro to Washington, N.C., when it crashed shortly after 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block Kearns Avenue, a residential area between Forsyth Country Club and Wake Forest University.

WFMY-TV in Greensboro reported that the two passengers, whose identities were not released, died.

"It sounded like a tree fell on someone's home," said witness Dana Triplett. "(It was a) real loud noise, and then the ground shook."

Triplett said he was inside his home at the time and that when he went outside to investigate, he saw "a big mushroom cloud of black smoke."

No one on the ground was injured, and no buildings were damaged.

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  • mernst Apr 1, 1:16 p.m.

    There are a lot of real nice homes in the area of the crash and WFU chancellor's universtiy owned mega estate and home! It crashed in a small wooded area fortunately. If the plane had not stalled so suddently it could have possibly made a real rough landing at near by Reynolda Estate & Gardens in the large open field which was orginally a landing strip in the 30's for a young Reynolds pilot.

  • Bartmeister Apr 1, 9:21 a.m.

    So I was sitting in my living room watching tv when this plane crashed in............ WOW!