Updated 4:49 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019
Text and photos provided by the National Park Service Cape Hatteras National Seashore
At around noon today (Monday, Aug. 19), a small, single-engine plane crash-landed approximately 30 yards from the runway at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Ocracoke Island Airport (W95). The pilot and one passenger walked away from the crash with “bumps and bruises,” EMS officials told the NPS.
According to Federal Aviation Administration documents, the pilot was Allen W. Sawyer of Garner, Wake County, who is also listed as the manufacturer. The FAA document deemed the aircraft “experimental,” and departed Johnston Regional Airport (JNX) in Smithfield, Johnson County, for Ocracoke Island Monday morning.
National Park Service rangers, Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, Hyde County Sheriff’s Department and Hyde County Emergency Medical Services responded to the accident.