Pilot identified in plane crash at Mount Airy airport

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A single-engine plane crashed at Mt. Airy airport around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday evening, according to officials.

Authorities said the pilot, Chris Gammons of Statesville, was airlifted by AirCare to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

The plane crashed in a ravine on the west side of the runway near the north end, when the pilot was trying to land. Witnesses say, they heard the plane sputtering just before the crash.

“It could have been me in there with him,” said Devon Byrd, who frequently flies in and out of the airport for fun.

Officials said the pilot is very lucky he made it out of the aircraft alive.

“Based on where that plane crashed, and the condition of the plane at that time, I would say he’s very, very fortunate to be alive,” said Sheriff Graham Atkinson.

The FAA is expected to investigate the crash on Friday morning.

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