BOONE, N.C. — A retired North Carolina state trooper was killed in a plane crash Monday in Boone.
Ben Chappell, 69, of Boone died at the scene of the crash.
The two other occupants were John Field Worsley II, 68, of Lenoir and Steven Cox Berry, 43, of Banner Elk.
They were in critical condition Monday.
Officials said the Piper PA-32 crashed on a golf course west-northwest of Runway 13 at Boone Airport in North Carolina.
Witnesses scrambled to get to the downed plane as flames quickly engulfed much the aircraft in the middle of one of the fairways at the Boone Golf Club.
Golfers like Bud Russell, a local minister, and his son, who works in law enforcement, tried to get those on board away from the fire.
"They clipped a couple of pine trees, and we knew they were going down, and it exploded on impact,” Russell said. “It was fully enflamed at that time and the two guys had barely gotten out and we continued to coach them to get them away from the plane."
Two medical helicopters landed feet away from the crash to airlift Worsley and Berry. One was flown to Winston-Salem and the other to Johnson City.
A physician’s assistant was on his lunch break when he saw the plane touch down at the Boone airport and take off immediately.
"He came in really fast like a touch-and-go and came back up, and I was like, that was fast for coming into the little airstrip over there," Matt Baldwin said.
The Boone Police Department will be conducting the initial investigation; however the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be responding to conduct further investigation.
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BOONE, NC (WBTV) - One person was killed when a small plane carrying three people crashed on a golf course in Boone Monday afternoon, the Boone Police Department says.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. at the Boone Golf Club, located on Fairway Drive near Deerfield Road. It appears the golf course is not far from the Boone Inc Airport, off of Bamboo Road. Officials say the small plane took off from the airport just moments before the crash.
Several Boone neighbors heard the crash.
"It was a loud crash. It sounded pretty close, like right outside, when we heard it," said Jacob Wooldridge.
Witnesses on the golf course say the plane appeared be in trouble and clipped the tops of some trees and before crashing onto the course. Two witnesses turned into rescuers, police say, and were able to pull two people out of the plane. A third person on the plane did not survive.
Boone police officials say several people know the man who died. At this point, they are not releasing the identities of any of the passengers.
The plane, which caught on fire, was heavily damaged when it crashed.
Mike Howell heard the crash as he was leaving the nearby hospital. He says he rushed over to see if the rescue workers needed any help.
"Being a pilot myself, and a firefighter, I knew if there was something I could do to help, I would do it," Howell said.
Howell shot video of the rescue workers clearing the crash site. He says he has never seen anything like the explosions from the plane after it had crashed.
"The fireman you saw in the video was going up to it before the second explosion happened," Howell said. "The first one the flames went over the trees. It was big, big flames."
One survivor was flown to Winston-Salem and the other to Johnson City. They both are suffering from severe burns.
Police say the man who died is a local and his name will not be released until family has been notified.
"We are very saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to the family," Boone police said Monday evening. "We hope and pray that the survivors will be OK but serious injuries were sustained."
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be responding to conduct further investigation.
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UPDATE: Boone Police Department officers confirmed that one person died and two people were injured in a plane crash at the Boone Golf Club in Boone, N.C. Monday afternoon.
According to a BPD news release, Boone Police, Boone Fire, The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the golf course just before 1 p.m. in reference to the crash.
Police said a small plane took off from the Boone Airport moments before the crash.
Witnesses on the golf course said the plane appeared to be in distress and clipped the tops of trees, before crashing on the golf course.
According to the release, two witnesses were able to assist two victims in the crash. The third person on the plane did not survive.
One crash victim was flown to Winston-Salem for treatment, while the other victim was flown to Johnson City Medical Center.
Police said the man who died is a local resident, but his name has not yet been released as extended family members have not all been notified.
“We are very saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to the family,” Boone Police said to the release. “We hope and pray that the survivors will be ok, but serious injuries were sustained.”
Boone Police will be conducting the initial investigation, but the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be responding to investigate the crash.
According to the release, the High Country Chaplain Service all responded to the scene.
UPDATE: Boone Police Department officials will hold a news briefing concerning the plane crash at 4:15 p.m. at the Boone Golf Club in Boone, N.C., according to a news release.
No other information was released.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) – Three people are getting hospital care after a small plane crashed near a golf course in the North Carolina mountains.
Police in the town of Boone said the plane crashed early Monday afternoon near the Boone Golf Club.
Police say in a prepared statement that three people aboard the aircraft were transported to area hospitals.
Sgt. Matt Stevens says the names or conditions of the victims aren’t yet known.
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BOONE — A local man is dead and two people were airlifted after a single-engine plane crashed into the Boone Golf Course at about 1 p.m. April 25.
The aircraft crashed moments after takeoff from the Boone airport, police said. The plane skimmed a line of trees at the course and then came down, landing near the fifth hole. The first 911 call came in at 12:56 p.m.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford confirmed that one man died in the crash and that the other two passengers, both men, were flown in “very serious” condition to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn., and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Speaking at a 4:15 p.m. press conference, Crawford said that immediate family members had been notified but that officials were not yet releasing the names of the victims pending notification of extended family members.
“The man who did not survive is a local resident; he is actually a friend to many in the community,” Crawford said at the conference. “We are very saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to the family.
“We hope and pray that the survivors will be OK,” he added, “but serious injuries were sustained.”
Crawford noted that “two witnesses turned into rescuers and were able to assist two victims from the plane crash.”
Bud Russell and his son Preston Russell — a Watauga sheriff’s deputy who was off duty — were golfing near the 14th hole at Boone Golf Course when they witnessed the plane come down.
“The plane came out of the Boone airport, didn’t get enough height and struck some trees,” Preston Russell said. “It took a nose dive and crashed into the golf course and was fully engulfed in flames.”
Added Bud Russell, “It just seemed to be having mechanical trouble, it was kind of bouncing coming up through there — it was struggling, and it was really low. We could tell it was having trouble before it ever hit the trees.”
The Boone Fire Department extinguished flames at the plane wreckage; the plane reportedly exploded upon impact with the ground, Crawford said.
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were on their way to Boone to conduct an investigation of the cause of the crash, Crawford said.
The tail number of the plane burned off in the fire from the crash, and no flight plan had been filed, Boone Police Capt. Andy Le Beau said.
Boone Police, Boone Fire Department, Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue Squad, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol responded to the incident.
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