Small plane crashes into NC bank

LONG VIEW, N.C. (WNCN) — A small plane crashed at a bank in a small Catawba County town on Saturday, according to media from the Charlotte area.

The plane — identified as a Culver PQ-14A — was near the Hickory Regional Airport when it crashed in Long View, according to WSOC.

In photos from the scene, the plane appeared to crash at the back of a BB&T bank, however, there did not appear to be any damage to the bank.

The aircraft was registered to George B. Harris, WBTV reported.

The plane crashed about a mile from the airport  sometime around 1:10 p.m., according to WSOC.

A family told WBTV that the plane — which appeared to be in trouble — circled a field where dozens of people were playing. The plane looked as if it was going to land in the field, but did not, the family told WBTV.

Officials did not say what caused the aircraft to crash.

There’s been no official word on the identity or condition of the pilot.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says on its web page that the Culver Aircraft Corp. built three basic models in quantity for the Army in 1940. The PQ series was initially designed as radio-controlled target aircraft for training anti-aircraft artillery gunners for the Army and the Navy.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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