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Plane crashes in Wallace

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A single engine plane went down a few hundred feet from the end of the airport runway in Wallace today. The pilot, Ray Conley, had stopped in Wallace to fuel up. He had planned on leaving last night, but due to thunderstorms and fog, he decided to stay and leave this morning. Officials responded to the scene after Conley's single engine plane nose dived into the woods at the end of the Wallace airport runway. Bill Cook, the airport manager said, "But evidently the aircraft did not have enough lift to maintain itself, and our observation of the engine noise was that it continued and we continued to hear it all the way out." Just last night, Bill cook drove Conley to a local motel so he could spend the night because of bad weather. Conley was coming from Sarasota, Florida and had stopped in Wallace to fuel up before continuing on to New Jersey. The pilot was flying a plane called a Mooney, and it was a low wing aircraft. It was taking off from runway 2-7, trying to clear pine trees that edge the airport. Once he was off the ground, officials said he lost lift, and that is when the plane crashed. Eric Coman, Wallace assistant town manager said, "He was entrapped in the airplane, he was extricated by the Wallace fire department, he was transported by Pender EMS, loaded and then taken to New Hanover." Conley was treated at New Hanover County Medical Center and released.

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