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Small plane crashes in Forsyth County

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A plane crashed Monday afternoon in Forsyth County just outside of Kernersville.

Forsyth EMS confirmed the report of a small aircraft down, a Beech BE36, in the vicinity of Hwy. 66 and U.S. 311, in or near the Vulcan Materials East Forsyth Quarry.

“It immediately went up in flames,” said John McCollum, a telecommunicator with  Forsyth County EMS, told the News & Record.

The crash happened about 12:10 p.m. about seven miles southwest of the Piedmont Triad International Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said.

The pilot of the aircraft tried to make contact with the tower at PTI minutes prior to the crash, according to PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker.

The FAA is investigating.