FAA: 2 people on plane that crashed in Buncombe Co. field


BUNCOMBE Co., N.C. (WSPA) – Authorities say two people were aboard a small plane that crashed in a western North Carolina cornfield.

The plane crashed Wednesday morning near the 300 block of Lower Brush Creek Road in Fairview, N.C.

The victims were identified as 76-year-old Malachy Dady Beckham Jr. of Fletcher, N.C. and John Thomas Gaitskill, 72, of Hendersonville, N.C. by the State Highway Patrol.

Beckham and Gaitskill died in the crash.

Local officials say the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into the plane crash.

The FAA issued the following statement:

“A Rans S-6 Coyote II light sport aircraft crashed in a cornfield one mile northeast of Six Oaks Airport in Asheville, N.C. at 10:42 a.m. Two people were on board. Contact local authorities for names and medical conditions. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident.”

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