Last Saturday, on June 27th a North Carolina man lost control of his small plane which ended in a fiery crash that morning in Randolph County, North Carolina (N.C.). The Archdale Police Department identified the pilot as 62-year-old Donald Earl Marks of High Point.
Eyewitnesses on Trindale Raoad reported that the pilot was practicing take-offs and landings when the incident happened. The plane crashed in the backyard of Johnny Jarrett. Jarrett reported that he kept hearing the plane touch and go at the Darr Airport since around 7am that day.
Jarrett’s neighbor, who lived on the same road, says she saw the wheels of the plane clip the power lines which sent the plane on a crash course. Apparently, the plane then clipped a tree and soon was completely engulfed in flames.
Emergency responders arrived within a matter of minutes, but police say the pilot was dead when they arrived. Trindale Road, which is also Hwy 62, was shutdown until around 3pm. About a dozen homes in the area lost power after the crash. Duke Energy has restored all power and is in the process of replacing the power lines.
Many were involved in the initial response, investigation and subsequent clean up including the FAA, Archdale Police, NC Highway Patrol and Randolph Co. Sheriff deputies were all there. Later that day, Archdale’s police chief said the FAA has taken over the investigation.
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