Pilot walks away without injury from a plane crash in Rocky Mount neighborhood, eyewitness says

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Plane crashes in Rocky Mount; pilot escapes unharmed
The plane hit some signs before crashing into a bus stop shelter.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- A plane crashed shortly before midnight Monday on a road in Rocky Mount.

ABC11 was told the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing along West Raleigh Boulevard near Nashville Road.

Eyewitnesses said they saw the plane go under the streetlights on Nashville Road, do a flip and hit a power pole. It also clipped the bus stop at the corner of Paul Street.

The plane then landed nose down. Remarkably, it did not hit any other standing structure or person.

An eyewitness said they didn't hear an engine and only a crash. When they walked outside, the pilot walked away with no major injuries.

"That's a miracle," James Jones, an eyewitness, said. "People don't fall out of the sky in a plane, and just get up and just walk away...he definitely has somebody helping him that's for sure."

The FAA arrived Monday morning to investigate the crash.

Investigators said the "engine stopped producing power" before the plane crashed into the utility lines and bus stop.

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