Emergency crews respond after plane crash near NC beach

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) — Two people have been hospitalized after a small plane crashed in Ocean Isle Beach on Wednesday evening.

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The pilot and passenger were both transported to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to a state highway patrol officer on the scene.

Law enforcement will remain on the scene overnight and the Federal Aviation Administration will begin investigating the crash on Thursday.

A statement from the FAA on Wednesday night said the plane was a Beechcraft Musketeer BE23.

“(The) aircraft crashed into the woods after departure from the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport, Ocean Isle Beach, NC, at 7:10 p.m.,” the statement read. “The FAA will investigate.”

A resident close to the crash said the plane went down near a community called The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach.

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“Everyone in the neighborhood heard the crash,” said the woman, who preferred to remain anonymous. “Then two large fire trucks showed up, ambulances and other emergency personnel.”

One resident said he pulled into his driveway just minutes after the crash and saw a man covered in blood. The resident said that man appeared to be OK but the other victim was still in the marsh area where the plane crashed and appeared to be in more serious condition.

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