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Two Men Die When Plane Plunges into Jordan Lake

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PITTSBORO — Two men died Sunday when theirvintage biplanecrashed in Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

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

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

Authorities said the single-engine plane was performingaerobatics over the lakewhen it crashed.

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

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