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Did a plane crash in the woods behind Laney High School years ago?

Ben Steelman

We’re having trouble pinpointing the crash you described.  Randy Allen recalls a Cessna crash near off Murrayville Road in the mid-1960s, before Laney High School opened (in 1976). One of the two passengers was injured.

A Merlin IV Turbo Prop cargo plane crashed in the evening of April 23, 1987, on heavily forested airport property north of Maides Park. According to witnesses, the plane burst into flames and flipped upside-down shortly after takeoff from what was then the New Hanover County Airport, slicing through pine trees and leaving huge,  jagged chunks of wood in its path. Two crew members were killed. Firefighters had trouble reaching the wreck, which came to rest a mile off the nearest paved road.

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3 Responses to “ Did a plane crash in the woods behind Laney High School years ago?”

  1. On June 5, 2016 at 7:49 am Chip Hicks wrote:

    Peggy Olsen can tell you all about it since it crashed on her farm. Great story about the couple and the difficulties the wife had getting out and finding help. Call her 612-4831

  2. On June 7, 2016 at 11:01 am Danny wrote:

    I do not remember the date but there was also a crash in the 70’s or 80’s that killed a real estate agent named Ed Miller. I think it was in the area between Sidbury Road and where the school was built. He was attempting to land in what turned out to be a huge thunderstorm. His wife was a Piedmont flight attendant.

  3. On June 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm Arthur LeBoo wrote:

    N505LB was the “N” number of the Swearingen Metro.My friend John Thomas Ringler was at the controls.I was an aircraft fueler at RDU and serviced this plane almost nightly.Goto http://www.airliners.net and search for N505LB for a photo of this aircraft

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