One person was killed Friday afternoon when the Phantom Aeronautics Phantom X1 aircraft he was flying crashed in a wooded area on the outskirts of Monroe.
Authorities identified the pilot as Robert William Schroll, 59, of Pageland, S.C., according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. The crash happened about 4 p.m. at 4108 Poplin Road in Monroe, city spokesman Pete Hovanec said.
In November, Schroll crashed near the same location but survived. He suffered a concussion and neck fractures.
This time, witnesses said the plane appeared to lose power and went down into a wooded area roughly between Monroe and Indian Trail.
Monroe police and fire departments responded and put out a subsequent fire.
The FAA was notified and will handle the overall investigation of the cause and other information related to the crash, Hovanec said. Union County’s medical examiner made arrangements for the body to be sent to Charlotte for an autopsy.
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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - One person was killed Friday when a small aircraft crashed in Union County. The crash happened around 4 p.m. on the 4000 block of Poplin Road.
Officials have not released much information, but confirmed that one person was killed in the wreck. That person's name has not been released.
From WBTV's Sky 3 the small craft could be seen just outside a wooded area near a mobile home.
The aircraft appeared to have caught fire at some point, as the area directly around it was burned.
No further information has been released.
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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Charlotte FSDO-68
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Monroe, NC
Aircraft: PHANTOM AERONAUTICS PHANTOM X 1, registration: N28365
Injuries: 1 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On November 21, 2015, about 1530 eastern standard time, a Phantom Aeronautics Phantom X1, N28365, impacted trees near Edwards Airport (9NC3), Monroe, North Carolina. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The non-certificated pilot incurred serious injuries. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident, the accident pilot was flying in formation with a similar airplane to 9NC3. After the other airplane landed at 9NC3, the accident pilot began a left turning maneuver to be in position to land. As the airplane descended, the left wing struck trees, and subsequently impacted the ground.
Postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane impacted in a wing low, nose down attitude. The outboard section of the right wing exhibited crush damage and was bent aft. The forward section of the fuselage was impact damaged and bent to the left. In addition, the engine remained attached to the fuselage; however, all propeller blades were impact separated and located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. An odor similar to fuel was noted at the accident site.
Troopers say 58-year-old Richard Schroll from Mayodan, North Carolina, crashed his ultralight plane in the middle of a pasture off Poplin Road.
"Once I got here the actual pilot was laid out on the ground," Trooper Dustin Grieve said.
Troopers said Schroll was alert but they said he didn't know his name right after he crashed into this field. He was flown to the hospital.
A woman who happened to be driving by and saw it happen spoke to Channel 9. "It was just this plane and it was spiraling down from the sky," she said.
Richard Price owns the farm where the crash happened. "It's nothing on the weekends to have these little ultralights, little homemade rigs, flying through," Price said.
Schroll received a severe concussion.
According to a source in Union County the plane is leaking fuel, but not on fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The Union County Sheriff's Office says the pilot of a ultralight aircraft was taken to the hospital after crashing in Union County.
The crash reportedly happened near Poplin Road around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
Officials say the pilot was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
The pilot's condition has not been released.
Trooper Dustin Grieve with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the pilot was conscious and alert. He said the man was airlifted to the hospital as more of a precaution than anything else.
"It definitely could have been a lot worse. There is always that possibility, but we were lucky today that it wasn't as bad as it could have been," said Grieve.
Robert Price, the man who owns the property where the plane crashed, said he got a call about the crash Saturday afternoon.
"This is our farm. This is our home. Toys are replaceable,lives aren't, and that's what we talked about the last 40 minutes on the road-hoping nobody got hurt," said Price.
No details have been released about why the ultralight crashed. An investigation is underway.
Grieves said troopers will do routine patrols in the area to make sure nobody is taking parts of the plane. He said representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration were being called in to help investigate the crash.
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