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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  • by Judith Location: Waterbury Center, VT on May 9, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. The pilot was my dentist. Caring and gentle. Everyone in that office seemed so happy to be working there. A great team. Rest in Peace Dr. H
  • by Sylvie Location: canada on May 7, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    The pilot was my cousin and godfather to my son. We all send warm thoughts to the Hebert family as well the family of the passenger. Love. God bless.
  • by Annie Location: Boston on May 7, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    The woman in this tragedy was a strong and loving sister, daughter, aunt, and mother of four. She is and will continue to be an inspiration to those who knew her. Please, if you read this, send your most sincere positive energy to her family and friends. She is missed dearly.
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      by Sarah on May 7, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to Annie
      My Thoughts And Prayers go out to the family and loved ones that lost there lives in my community yesterday. I know they will truly be missed.
  • by Donna Location: GA on May 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    my friend was the passenger in the plane and mother of 4 young children. You should only have prayers going out to the families involved.
  • by Jeremy Location: SF, CA on May 6, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    What outrageous comments folks! If your Dad just passed away in a plane crash I would certainly hope your sentiment would be a bit more sensitive!
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      by me on May 7, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to Jeremy
      You would hope… but unfortunately many people never see it that way—they just have to say something and it seems lately without any sensitivity to anyone at all. My prayers to family and friends.
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