Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Michael John Ratty: Plane crash killed flight instructor • Beech D95A Travelair, N64GM, Carolina Barnstormers Inc., accident occurred October 21, 2014 near Lake Ridge Aero Park Airport (8NC8), Durham, North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. -

Michael John Ratty of Chapel Hill was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed in a wooded area in northern Durham County.

Another person was injured in the crash.

Ratty, according to the Carolina Barnstormers website, was a captain with American Airlines for 22 years and taught flying out of Lake Ridge Airport.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office told area media outlets that the aircraft went down in the town of Bahama around 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies found the plane 50 yards into the woods from the nearest street.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the Beech 95 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Lake Ridge Aero Park Airport in Durham, which is about 15 miles south of Bahama.

Bergen said the FAA is investigating the crash and that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause. 


- Source:  http://www.wncn.com

http://www.carolinabarnstormers.com

http://registry.faa.gov/N64GM

AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A WOODED AREA, THERE WERE 2 PERSONS ON BOARD, 1 WAS FATALLY INJURED, 1 SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, WRECKAGE LOCATED NEAR LAKE MICHIE, 10 MILES FROM DURHAM, NC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Greensboro FSDO-39