APEX, N.C. (WNCN) – The pilot of a small aircraft died when his plane crashed near a small airfield in Apex Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Officials identified the dead man as Bruce Clyde Jordan Jr., 80, of Cary.
A Pitts S2E aircraft that Jordan had built himself crashed near the Cox Field Airport in Apex, officials said.
The plane is believed to have clipped trees as it attempted to land.
The pilot was injured during the crash and later died.
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) crew from Greensboro arrived on scene at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office were on scene until the NTSB arrived so they could secure the area of the crash.
Records on the FAA website show three other crashes have occurred at the Cox Field Airport.
Those happened between 1982 and 1999 and none of them were fatal.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident while the National Transportation Safety Board take the lead in that investigation.