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Pilot from Apex dies in eastern NC plane crash

Posted October 22, 2021 11:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2021 11:31 p.m. EDT

— One of two people killed in a plane crash in eastern North Carolina lived in Wake County.

The pilot, William Roberts of Apex, owned the small plane that went down in a wooded area near the Holly Ridge -Topsail Island Airport in Onslow County on Thursday night. The Federal Aviation Administration said that a single-engine Mooney M20J crashed around 5 p.m.

Roberts and passenger Willie Hobbs, Jr. died. Two children were hurt.

Federal investigators arrived on the scene on Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said the plane didn't get enough lift on takeoff.

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