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Plane Crashes In Winston-Salem Neighborhood, NC Couple Killed

5:44 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- A small plane crashed and burned in a Winston-Salem neighborhood Sunday around 12:48 pm.  

According to Forsyth County 911, the plane crashed in the 900 block of Kearns Avenue near Dearborn Street. 

In a National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) news conference Monday morning, WFMY News 2 learned that a husband, wife and their dog were on the plane and all died in the crash. Both people were experienced pilots, according to the NTSB.

The couple were identified late Monday as 58 year-old Dennis Alan O'Neal and 56 year-old Deborah Dee O'Neal from Blounts Creek which is in Beaufort County, NC.

The NTSB said the flight was in the air for about 20 minutes. The couple made an emergency call when they were flying at approximately 4,000 feet. The plane made a nose-dive type crash three miles short of the Winston-Salem airport.

Kathleen Berger with the FAA said the plane was a fixed-wing, single-engine Lancair LC-42. The aircraft left North Wilkesboro and was headed to Washington, NC.

The plane was destroyed by a fire, Berger said.

The NTSB said Monday they have three inspectors investigating and are archiving pieces of the plane recovered from the crash along with air control conversations. Meteorologists and traffic control members are working to research weather conditions.

On Tuesday, crews are expected to start cleaning up the wreckage and take pieces of the plane to Washington, D.C. to continue the investigation.

Stay with Digtriad for updates.

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