Pilot identified in fatal Pender County crash


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board said they’re investigating a deadly plane crash in the Hampstead area.

The spokesman said a Czech SportCruiser was found about a mile south of the Topsail Airpark Sunday night. That location is a wooded area off of US 17 in between Hampstead and Holly Ridge.

Plane involved in Pender County crash on Sunday. (Photo courtesy: controller.com)

Plane involved in Pender County crash on Sunday. (Photo courtesy: controller.com)

Tom Collins, the Pender County Director of Emergency Management, said his office received a call about a plane that was overdue around 7 p.m. Collins said they used the pilot’s cell phone to find a location, and the SABLE helicopter spotted and confirmed the crash later that evening.

Lt. Jeff Gordon with The Highway Patrol said the plane took off just before 3:30 p.m. and was spotted around 10:30 p.m.

The pilot has been identified as Dillard Martin Powell of Cary, Gordon said.

Dillard Martin Powell died in a plane crash in Pender County Sunday. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Dillard Martin Powell died in a plane crash in Pender County Sunday. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

According to FAA records, Powell also has an address in the North Topsail Beach area. A spokeswoman with the FAA said Powell had no prior accidents or incidents. An FAA spokeswoman said Powell received his private pilot, airman certificate in June 1954.

The flight did not receive air traffic control but none was required. The NTSB said a preliminary report should be complete within five to seven days.

 

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