Fincastle man in fair condition after Onslow County plane crash

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) -- A pilot from Botetourt County who crashed his experimental plane nose-down into the ground is in fair condition this morning in North Carolina.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., confirmed that Robert Barrows is a patient.

Barrows owns the Bearhawk LSA that crashed Monday afternoon at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3 p.m.

After the crash, the plane remained vertical with its nose in the ground.

Barrows, who is from Fincastle, was airlifted to the Wilmington hospital after the crash.

The Highway Patrol and the FAA are investigating the mishap.


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Authorities responded to a plane crash in one Eastern Carolina county where one person was injured.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says it happened at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3:00 p.m.

The nose of the single-engine plane struck the ground and the aircraft is still standing straight up.

Col. Chris Thomas says one person was injured.

The FAA says the pilot was the only person on board.

The Highway Patrol and the FAA are investigating the crash.

The plane is a self-built Bearhawk LSA built in 2012, according to FAA records. It is owned by a man from Fincastle, Virginia.