At Least Two Killed in North Carolina Crash

May 26, 2011

A small plane flying from the Atlanta area to Hazard crashed in the mountains of western North Carolina Wednesday, killing at least two people onboard. The Citizen-Times of Ashville reported the twin-engine Beech Baron 58 went down near Lake Hiwassee, which is near the Tennessee border. Reporters Jon Ostendorff and Joel Burgess said Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin said the crash had resulted in “multiple fatalities.” The aircraft can carry up to six people.

The Citizen-Times reports the plane was due to land about 5:15 p.m. at Hazard's Wendell H. Ford Airport. The plane was registered to Aero Resources Corp. of Hazard.

A sheriff's department helicopter spotted the wreckage in a wooded area about the time to plane was to have landed at Hazard.

The FAA is investigating.