Airplane Mishap at Billy Mitchell Airstrip
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 Ext. 148
On Sunday, December 6, 2009 around 10:30 a.m. National Park Service Rangers in the Hatteras District of Cape Hatteras National Seashore received a call from Dare County Communication Center advising of a non-injury plane crash at Billy Mitchell Airstrip, a state-maintained day use airstrip located within the boundaries of the National Seashore. The pilot of the Piper Saratoga aircraft, Charles Cole, of Virginia Beach, VA was uninjured and there were no passengers aboard the aircraft. The airport was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation and clean-up.
During take off from the airport, an alarm sounded and while attempting to slow down and abort take off, the pilot encountered a brake failure which in turn caused him to veer
left off the runway. The plane came to rest in low brush just off the runway. Weather does not appear to be a factor. The Federal Aviation Administration has been advised of the incident.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.