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Plane crashes in Cumberland County

Posted June 5, 2008 7:53 p.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2008 11:51 p.m. EDT

— A plane crashed near N.C. Highway 210 South and Ingram Road, about 22 miles southeast of Fayetteville, around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, but two people in the plane escaped injury, authorities said.

David Edge, of Lumberton, was piloting a Cirrus SR-22 with the registration number N300PB when it went down in a field around 7:10 p.m., said Kathleen Burgen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane caught fire, but crews contained the blaze, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Edge and an employee of his were in the aircraft, Edge's wife, Kathy, said. Neither was hurt in the crash, and both got out before the fire started, Cumberland County emergency officials said.

Kathy Edge said her husband told her he did not need medical treatment and was safely on his way home by 8:30 p.m.

No one on the ground was hurt, officials said.

The plane crashed when its rudder pulled to the left and the left wing dropped and would not come back to a level position, Kathy Edge said.

Edge's plane had been at private landing strip near his brother's house in southeastern Cumberland, his wife said.

State troopers and officials with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were took charge of the crash scene.