Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old pilot killed after a 1944 Culver PQ-14A vintage aircraft crashed into BB&T Bank in Long View, North Carolina

Emergency officials in Catawba County say the pilot of a vintage aircraft has died after the plane crashed into a building in Long View.

Emergency services responded to a call of a plane crash that happened near a BB&T Bank on Saturday afternoon.

Long View Fire Department, Hickory Rescue Squad and N.C. State Troopers are on the scene after a small red plane was found in the 3200 block of 1st Avenue SW.

Catawba County Emergency Manager Karen Yaussy said 81-year-old George Baxter Harris of the Hickory area was the only person onboard the Culver PQ-14A when it crashed Saturday around 1:10 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft was headed to Hickory Regional Airport when it crashed, adding that it had also left from the airport earlier.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says on its web page that the Culver Aircraft Corp. built three basic models in quantity for the Army in 1940. The PQ series was initially designed as radio-controlled target aircraft for training anti-aircraft artillery gunners for the Army and the Navy.


Type:Culver PQ-14A
Registration: N4648V
C/n / msn: N2432
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Catawba County, west Hickory, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Hickory Rgnl (KHKY)
Destination airport:Hickory Rgnl (KHKY)
The aircraft impacted a commercial business structure south of the approach end of Runway 1 at Hickory Regional Airport(KHKY) in Hickory, North Carolina. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries.