Crash of small plane in N.C. kills 2

April 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 1 (UPI) -- The pilot of a LanCair LC 42 that crashed in North Carolina, killing two people, reported engine trouble before the plane went down, officials said Monday.

The plane crashed into a grove of trees about 1 p.m. Sunday in Winston-Salem after departing from North Wilkesboro, the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal reported.

The pilot and one passenger were killed in the crash. Their names were not released.

The plane was registered to Dennis O'Neal of Blounts Creek, N.C., records show.

Shortly before the crash, the pilot declared an emergency due to engine trouble, the Federal Aviation Administration said

Winston-Salem Police Department Lt. Rick Newnum said the pilot managed to avoid houses before crashing in a wooded area.

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