Local News

Two Men Die When Plane Plunges into Jordan Lake

Posted April 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Two men died Sunday when their vintage biplane crashed in Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

Rescue crews pulled 70-year-old James Caudill of Fuquay-Varina and 33-year-old Scott Vogel of Raleigh from the wreckage and tried unsuccessfully to revive them.

The low-flying, open-cockpit Stearman biplane was flying between Farrington Point and Crosswinds Marina when it plunged into the lake around noon, about 200 yards from the lake's northeastern shore near Farrington Point.

Authorities said the single-engine plane was performing aerobatics over the lake when it crashed.

The plane was a Stearman PT-17, used by the Army and Navy to train pilots for World War II and now popular as aerobatic planes and cropdusters.