11/25/09 149 W, 2 I - + 16 - 17 This Afternoon's Plane Crash in Chatham County

Both WTVD and WRAL have posted viewer photos of today's fiery plane crash in Chatham County. Both occupants escaped unharmed after their emergency landing in a horse pasture off 7691 Highway 751 around noon. Parkwood, North Chatham, and Durham fire departments responded, along with other responders. The fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna 170B departed Cox Airport in Apex, bound for Charlottesville, VA. Shortly after takeoff, smoke and flames filled the cabin. The pilot landed as quickly as possible, his craft crashing through a fence and catching (or continuing) on fire. Said one caller to dispatchers, "it's on fire real good." View the WTVD photos from Douglas Pietrowski, who captured the craft seemingly from first flames to full involvement.

Douglas Pietrowski/WTVD Photo

WRAL subsequently showed the extinguished aircraft from the air, after foam operations from Parkwood and assisting units:

WRAL photo

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