Passenger killed in small plane crash in Siler City

Passenger killed in small plane crash in Siler City (Image 1)

A 69-year-old passenger died Tuesday in a small plane crash while it was trying to land at the Siler City Municipal Airport in Chatham County.

Frederick Calvin Para, 72, of 26 Winding Trail, Whispering Pines, was piloting the aircraft when it crashed Tuesday morning.

His wife, Barbara Harris Para, died as a result from her injuries sustained in the crash, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Airport Manager Karen McCraw said the plane came down in some woods near the runway around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Assistant manager Ben Marion said the plane was coming from Southern Pines for maintenance. He said the pilot was making a second approach for the landing when the plane went down.

One person was flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. The other person was taken there by ambulance.

There were no injuries on the ground.

The Siler City Municipal Airport assistant manager said the husband and wife were both experienced pilots.

The 5,000-foot runway was closed for around five hours.

McCraw said the plane was an A-36 Beechcraft Bonanza.

Copyright WNCN 2015. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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