Cause of Plane Crash near Hickory Regional Airport

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector the cause of the Long View plane crash showed damage to the main body of the plane and a hole in the engine case near the No. 1 cylinder.

The crash happened on Tuesday, January 6, around 4:30 p.m. in Long View, North Carolina. The pilot had to make an emergency landing into trees after the engine power died. The commercial pilot was badly injured and the three passengers had minor injuries

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) the pilot stated that during initial climb from Hickory Regional Airport, about 300 feet above ground level, he heard a loud bang followed by a total loss of engine power. He subsequently performed a forced landing straight ahead into trees.

The FAA is still examining the engine.