Plane Crash; Owners Say Greenville Teacher On Board

A small plane has crashed in Johnston County outside Raleigh, injuring two people, including a teacher from Greenville.

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The Piper plane went down at about 7:25 p.m. near a private airstrip close to N.C. Highway 96 in the Selma area. It clipped a power line and came to a stop on its roof.

Phillip Essey, who owns the plane, says he daughter, Elaina, was flying the plane with an instructor. Essey is a 24-year-old first grade teacher at Belvoir Elementary School.

Authorities said the two on board were conscious and taken to WakeMed.

Justin Haggerty, a witness, said the plane was flying low and slowly before the crash. He said the aircraft "made a really abrupt maneuver over the top of my house, hit the power line and belly-flipped."

The older Essey says there was some problem on the plane and they were attempting an emergency landing when the 1938 Piper J3 Cub hit some power lines.




 
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