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NTSB: Pitt Co. Plane Crash Captured On Home Surveillance Cam

The National Transportation Safety Board says home surveillance video captured last week's deadly airplane crash in Pitt County.

Joshua Brehm, a pilot for Southwest Airlines, died when his vintage single seat airplane crashed Thursday afternoon at a private airstrip off County Home Road.

According to a preliminary report by the NTSB, Brehm's Taylorcraft BL-65 was substantially damaged while attempting to land.

The NTSB says according to the surveillance video, the airplane approached the runway from the south "in a nose-down, left-bank attitude." The report says the plane hit the ground approximately 1/3 down the runway. The plane then spun 180 degrees, coming to rest about 20 feet from the initial impact.

The NTSB says the right aileron bellcrank and a hand-held global positioning system receiver were removed for further examination.

No cause was listed in the preliminary report for the crash. The NTSB investigation could take up to a year to complete.

The FAA says Brehm was rated to fly Boeing 737s, Beechcraft 1900 turboprops and Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.


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A commercial airline pilot died Thursday when his small vintage aircraft crashed at a private airstrip in Pitt County.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office confirms that Joshua Brehm of Winterville died in the crash.

The Medical Examiner's Office says Brehm died from multiple injuries, including fracture of the cervical spine and a brain injury. They have ruled his death as accidental.

Brehm was the registered owner of the 1940 Taylorcraft BL-65 single-engine plane that crashed around 3:20 p.m. at South Oaks Aerodrome off County Home Road.

The FAA says Brehm was rated to fly Boeing 737s, Beechcraft 1900 turboprops and Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. Southwest Airlines confirmed that Brehm was a pilot for their airline.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are both at the crash site today.

NTSB senior safety investigator Bob Gretz says there was nothing usual about yesterday's weather and that neighbors say Brehm went up around 1:45 p.m. and the crash happened about 90 minutes later.

Gretz says the plane is mostly intact and they were able to retrieve a GPS, which is also intact. The small plane has no "black box." He says it could take six months to a year for the NTSB to come up with a probable cause for the crash.


The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that one person has died in a plane crash on Thursday.

It happened at South Oaks Aerodrome, a small private airstrip on County Home Road around 3:20 p.m.

A witness tells WITN News that the single-engine plane appeared to nosedive when it was attempting to land at the airstrip.

The plane now is surrounded by crime scene tape, sitting upright on the grass.

The aircraft is a Taylorcraft BL-65 single-engine plane that was built in the 1940s.

The FAA says the plane crashed due to unknown circumstances in a field. Sources tell WITN the pilot was Joshua Brehm of Winterville. Friends say he had commercial jet pilot experience.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be at the crash scene at 11 a.m. Friday.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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