This happened off of Ingram Road between Highway 210 and Butler Island Bridge Road, near the Sampson County line.
The FAA says the plane went down at 7:10 p.m. Thursday.
The plane was a 2003 low-wing Cirrus SR 22. The aircraft did not have a flight plan, so there wasn't any communication with the FAA before the plane crash.
The engine and front part of the plane caught fire after it crashed.
"It was just a sharp bank, a little sharper than we thought it was going to be landing," said Betty Hales who lives near the crash.
The plane is registered to David Edge, who was piloting the plane. Edge, a Lumberton businessman and one of his employees were able to get out of the plane after it crashed, but before it caught fire. They were not hurt.
The plane went down in a field next to a dirt landing strip that is owned by the pilot's brother, Joe Edge.