Pilot Killed In High Point Crash Identified

3:00 PM, Apr 1, 2011   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- High Point police identified the woman piloting a chartered plane when it crashed into homes Wednesday evening.

Police say Marcia Salmons-Keaton, 50, was the pilot. She is from Fuquay-Varina, south of Raleigh.

She was last heard on an air traffic control recording around 5:45 p.m. telling the control tower she was "going around" after missing her approach to the runway.

AUDIO: Listen to the recording

Salmons-Keaton was flying for a North Carolina charter company called JetLogistics. Her passenger, Dr. Thomas Littlejohn III, was returning to Winston-Salem from Wilmington on a business trip. They were diverted to Greensboro due to the weather.

Both died in the crash.

Initial investigation shows the plane clipped the trees near a High Point neighborhood before hitting part of one house and crashing into the living room of the house next door.

SLIDESHOW - Crash Aftermath And Investigation

Sochan Rumthao was in the home with his three children when they saw the plane crash through their wall. They were all able to get out of the house without getting hurt.

Rumthao told his wife he was afraid a plane would hit the house when they bought it in 2009.

"God prepared me for this event. That's what I realized," Rumthao said in a interview Thursday.

The NTSB will continue investigating the scene for the next few days. The preliminary report is expected tin 5-10 days, but a final report could take 9-12 months.

WFMY News 2

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