No serious injuries in Apex plane crash, pilot involved in previous crash
by WNCN Staff
Two people suffered minor injuries when the plane they were in crashed into a wooded area near Deck Airpark Airport in Apex. Credit: Jason Thompson
APEX, N.C. -
Two people suffered minor injuries Sunday when the small plane they were in crashed into a wooded area near Deck Airpark Airport in Apex.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office said the Alon A-2 crashed around 5 p.m. while taking off in the area of 1617 Air Park Drive. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane lost power on take off and crashed about 300 feet off of the end of the runway.
The pilot, 74-year-old Bryan Henry Esterly, suffered non-life threatening injuries. His 15-year-old grandson, Derrick Esterly, was also in the plane, but was not injured, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
The sheriff's office said Esterly is the same man who piloted a plane that crashed at the same airport in August 2013 when the Cessna 172E Skyhawk he was piloting flipped.
An investigation found that Esterly overshot the runway and hit an embankment. One of Esterly's grandsons was on board the plane at the time of the August crash, however officials said he was a different grandson than Sunday's crash. No one was seriously injured in that crash either.