2 people, pets safe after plane crash in Duplin County


DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – A plane leaving from Massachusetts to Florida crashed in Duplin County Thursday morning.

Ken and his wife Becca Brown were in their plane with their two dogs when it came down near Tram Road and Upper Lake George.

“6,500 feet…about as boring as you can get, until there was silence,” said Ken.

He knew at that moment his plane’s engine had failed. Becca buckled her seat belt while Ken found the nearest safe zone to land on.

Ken’s plane was equipped with a parachute that enabled it to reach the ground safely.

“I wasn’t panicking. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t panicking. I’m thinking that parachute is going to save us,” said Becca.

In three minutes the plane, landed on the edge of the woods. The parachute catching on to the top of the trees, while the plane hung from the branches.

Ken was able to escape the plane and climb down a tree.

Karen Scalf, the owner of the property of where the plane crashed, rushed to the scene with a ladder.

Scalf and neighbors were able to rescue two dogs and Becca. The Brown’s left the scene with no injuries.

“For them to walk out without any scratches on them is a miracle,” said Scalf.

The family plans to continue their vacation to Florida.

Several agencies responded to the call at around 10:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Two people and two pets are safe after a plane crash reported in a field in northern Duplin County.

On Thursday around 10:30 a.m. units were alerted to a plane crash in the area of Tram Road.

A small, single-engine plane was confirmed down due to unknown causes.

The plane was equipped with a parachute that enabled it to reach the ground at a safe speed.

The two occupants and two canines that occupied the plane escaped without injury.

Willa and Abby after the accident

Emergency personnel are on the scene investigating and will remain for several hours.

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