North Carolina aviation accident – 2 Southern Community Bank executives injured in plane crash

Legal news for North Carolina aviation accident attorneys. A small plane crashed into a cornfield near Asheville.

Federal Aviation Administration alerts North Carolina aviation accident attorneys- A plane crash injured two Southern Community Bank executives.

Asheville, N.C.—Two people were seriously injured when their single-engine plane crashed in a cornfield after experiencing engine trouble. The nearly fatal plane crash happened on Tuesday afternoon, November 3, 2009 around 5:00 p.m., near Brush Creek and Bethany Church Roads, as reported by the Citizen-Times.

Two executives from Southern Community Bank in Winston-Salem, identified as James Monroe and James Hastings are listed in fair condition after their plane crashed in a cornfield. The aircraft, a single-engine Mooney M-20C, took off from Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem around 4:20 p.m., en route to Asheville for a business trip. Around 5:00 p.m., the plane apparently started to experience engine trouble and tried to make an emergency landing in a cornfield.

The plane crashed six miles northeast of the Asheville Regional Airport; It was scheduled to land around 5:20 p.m. at the Asheville airport. The plane crash landed upside down and trapped the two men inside. Emergency rescue crews rushed to the scene and removed the victims from the wreckage. Both Monroe and Hastings were airlifted to Mission Hospital by medical helicopter for treatment.

It is unknown what went wrong with the plane’s engines to cause it to crash or who was piloting the plane at the time. Monroe is reportedly the Southern Community Bank’s treasurer, and Hastings is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at the bank. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) http://www.faa.gov/ and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov/ are investigating the plane crash. The single-engine plane is registered to James Monroe.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for North Carolina aviation accident attorneys.

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