NTSB Releases Report About Fatal Onslow County Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the plane crash in Onslow County that killed two people.

The NTSB report outlines the final moments before pilot Peter Hebert and his passenger, Sherri Rowe, both of Vermont, crashed in a field in Richlands. The NTSB says Hebert radioed to air traffic control he needed to make an emergency landing due to low fuel pressure. He was in eye sight of Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville when they went down.

The two took off from JFK airport in New York, headed to Wilmington.

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC -- The Highway Patrol has released the names of two people killed in Friday's plane crash in Onslow County.

Dead is the pilot, Peter Hebert and passenger Sheri Rowe, both of Waterbury, Vermont.

Hebert was a dentist in Waterbury Center and flight plans show he was headed to Wilmington. He was the registered owner of the plane and Rowe was his office manager.

The small plane crashed some three miles from Albert Ellis Airport shortly around 12: 40 p.m. The airport director says the pilot radioed air traffic control in Wilmington saying the plane had a fuel problem. The plane was diverted to Albert Ellis, but crashed in a field off Batchelor Road.

Troopers say both were headed to college graduation of a friend's child in Wilmington They say Hebert passed the airport and realized he was having trouble. He made a U-turn and was 2 miles nautical miles from the airport.

Authorities say there was plenty of fuel in the plane.

Hebert is survived by two children, while Rowe left behind four children.

A Burlington, Vermont television station says Hebert twice had crashed his plane before, the latest in 2009. WCAX-TV says Hebert was injured in that crash and hospitalized for several days.

A "no comment" was received when we called Hebert's office in Vermont Monday morning.


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Two people are confirmed dead in a plane crash in Onslow County.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office reports a small plane containing two people crashed in a field behind a house on Batchelor Road, that's in the Nine Mile community. The FAA tells WITN News that the two people on board did not survive.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells WITN the prop plane, a Lancair Legacy Aircraft, was registered to Peter Hebert in Waterbury Center, Vermont.

The crash was first reported at 12:40 p.m. It happened three miles southwest of Albert J. Ellis Airport.

Airport director Chris White says the pilot radioed air traffic control in Wilmington and said the plane was having a fuel problem. They declared an emergency and were to land at Albert Ellis. White says his airport's fire-rescue was then put on stand-by.

Online information shows the plane left JFK Airport in New York Friday morning and was headed to Wilmington, NC.

The Sheriff's Office reports there was no damage to people or buildings on the ground.

WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont says the owner of the plane was involved in two previous airplane crashes, one in 2009 and another in 2007.

The NTSB says the 2009 crash involved a different plane and the cause was from a total loss of engine power during the initial climb. The television station says Hebert was injured in that 2009 accident.

It is not yet known whether the owner was on board Friday.


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