Man injured in afternoon plane crash

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — NC Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a plane crash in Pender County Friday afternoon.

Sergeant J.B. Casteen said upon takeoff at the Topsail Airpark, a man from Georgia lost control of the plane and went into the trees.

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The man had just purchased the plane and was leaving with it at the time of the crash.

According to Casteen, the man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. He has not yet been identified.

William Hughes works at the Topsail Airpark and had just sold the plane to the crash victim.

“This is a hot little airplane, and I wanted him to stay until the morning, spend the night with me, so I could work with him on the ground. He would not do it, he had to fly it today. So what could I do? Nothing, he had to go,” Hughes said. “It’s a one seater, you got to get in there and find out what you know about it before you leave the ground. When he pulled it up he didn’t have enough flying speed, and I knew, I knew it was going down.”

Hughes also said that the man who crashed was limping when he got out of the plane, and appeared to be bleeding before he was transported to the hospital.

NC Highway Patrol said the FAA is now taking over the investigation.