Two Dead In Small Plane Crash

A small plane crashed on a rural airfield in Alexander County, killing a doctor and a retired airline pilot.

Authorities say 75-year-old Dr. Walter Long Jr. and his friend, 70-year-old Bennie Hall Sharpe were pronounced dead at the scene.
Alexander County Sheriff Hayden Bentley, who knew both men, said it
wasn't clear who was flying the single-engine Cessna 182C, which
seats four people.

The Civil Air Patrol received a signal sent by the plane, indicating the plane was missing, and filed report yesterday afternoon that the plane was overdue.

State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Harris says Statesville-based pilot Phil Hazel spotted the wreckage at Gryer-Teague airstrip, a grass landing field near Taylorsville.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.


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