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Small-engine plane crash lands by I-77 in Carroll Co., pilot injured

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(Aaron Glancy/WGHP)

(Aaron Glancy/WGHP)

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. — A small-engine plane pilot was injured Wednesday in a crash landing by Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

The crash was reported at 1:12 p.m.

The pilot was identified as Denard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Miguel, Calif.

Heimos was injured but troopers found him conscious, alert and out of his plane, Sgt. Scott Todd said. He was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Heimos was flying a 1939 J3 Cub from Dayton, Ohio, to Johnston County, N.C. He was following I-77 when he entered thick fog at Fancy Gap, crashing the plane into the trees near the northbound lanes of I-77 at mile marker 5.8.

The aircraft engine came to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lanes. One of the three northbound lanes is closed and will remain closed until NTSB investigators release the scene and allow the debris to be cleared away.

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