1 dead after plane crashes into truck in North Carolina, police say

A plane crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 in central North Carolina Wednesday afternoon killing the pilot, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Initial reports indicate a small, twin engine plane was taking off from Davidson County Airport when it decreased in altitude and crashed into the trailer portion of the 18-wheeler that was traveling south on the highway.

As a result of the crash, which caused both vehicles to burst into flames, the pilot of the plane died on the scene. The name of the deceased is not being released, pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators look at the debris from a plane crash in the southbound lanes on Interstate 85 in Davidson County near the Hargrave Road Exit 88. A plane pilot was killed Wednesday afternoon when his plane crashed into a tractor-trailer traveling on the highway.
Investigators look at the debris from a plane crash in the southbound lanes on Interstate 85 in Davidson County near the Hargrave Road Exit 88. A plane pilot was killed Wednesday afternoon when his plane crashed into a tractor-trailer traveling on the highway.

Officer Ned Moultrie said mechanical failure may have contributed to the accident, but future investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration will have to determine the cause.

The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries. No other vehicles were reported to have been involved in the incident.

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