A man who suffered fatal personal injuries in a plane crash in Edenton on the night of June 7 has been identified as 69-year-old Edenton resident William Thomas Jordan, an experienced pilot with more than 40,000 hours of flight experience, according to Chowan County Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin.
The small plane had two occupants and crashed around 7:30 p.m. Goodwin said Jordan died and another man, 48-year-old Suffolk, Virginia resident Joseph S. Konicki, was injured. He said it was unclear which was piloting at the time.
Konicki received transport to Chowan Hospital and was later transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He was listed in good condition as of June 8, according to Sentara spokeswoman Gloria Seitz.
The crash took place shortly after takeoff, just off the runway at Northeastern Regional Airport in Edenton, according to Edenton Fire Department Chief Charlie Westbrook. Goodwin said the wreckage was concealed from the road and runway by trees and brush.
The plane involved was a Beechcraft 60 “Duke,” which is a two-engine plane.
Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration based out of Atlanta, said that the crash is under investigation by the FAA. She said the National Transportation Safety Board would determine the crash’s probable cause.