Pembroke, NC Trainer Plane Crashes, Sep 1963


Pembroke -- A trainer-type, single-engine airplane crashed near Pembroke about 10:45 a.m. today and the pilot was killed.
Identity of the pilot was withheld pending an investigation by U.S. Air Force officials, and local officers have roped off the area pending their arrival.
The crash occurred in a cornfield, about one-half miles southwest of Pembroke State College.
According to information given at the scene, the plane had been circling Pembroke for several minutes at low altitude when it struck the top of a pine tree and plummeted to the ground.
The wings were severed in the crash, but the fuselage continued for about 75 yards through the field, and came to rest about 50 feet from an occupied house.
As it crashed, the plane burst into flames but they were extinguished by Pembroke Fire Department, preventing further damage to other property.
When the plane crashed, the pilot was thrown clear. Only identification was that he was an Indian and a native of Robeson County.

The Robesonian Lumberton North Carolina 1963-09-16