Man dies in single-engine plane crash in Pender County

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A man died in a plane crash about a mile from the Topsail Airpark in Pender County on Sunday.

Dispatchers received a call at about 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of a single-engine plane that did not arrive at its destination, according to Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins.

The private aircraft was found at about 1:30 a.m. Monday in a wooded area off Traders Neck Road south of Topsail Airpark, where the plane took off at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Collins said. Dillard Powell, 89, died in the crash.

The Wilmington Southeastern North Carolina AirBorne Law Enforcement (SABLE) helicopter helped find the aircraft, Collins said. Onslow County Emergency Management, Holly Ridge Fire and Rescue, Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Pender County Fire and EMS assisted in the effort.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).