2 killed in Winston-Salem plane crash

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities said two people are dead after a small plane crashed into woods in Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon.

The crash was reported about 12:50 p.m. at 900 Kearns Avenue, between Kearns and Chatham Farm Road, a private street. The names of the victim have not been released.

Authorities described the plane as a “fixed-wing, single-engine Lancair LC-42” that departed from North Wilkesboro and was headed to Washington, N.C.

Officials said the aircraft was destroyed by fire. They said the plane did not hit any structures or people on the ground, but it did miss hitting some homes by about 50 yards. About $500,000 in property was damaged, authorities said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said they have determined probable cause.

The plane’s core was in a thicket of woods, and other plane parts were scattered around the area. Firefighters were at the scene.

A law-enforcement command center was set up at St. Jude’s Community Center on Robinhood Road.

Patrons having brunch at Graylyn Conference Center, where a children’s Easter egg hunt had begun at 12:30 p.m., said they heard an explosion and saw smoke rising.