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.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.