Plane crash kills one, injures Randleman man

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a small plane crash on U.S. 421 last week at the Monnett Road bridge. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

JULIAN – A small plane crashed last week in the vicinity of U.S. 421 southbound near the Guilford County-Randolph County line, killing one person.

The single-engine Vans RV-12 went down on an embankment late in the morning April 11 south of Greensboro Executive Airport. It impacted traffic on U.S. 421 near Monnett Road.

Kurtis Williams, 52, of Kernersville died at the scene of the crash. He was the pilot.

A passenger was James Foecking, 39, of Randleman. He survived, though he was transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with what were described as serious injuries. He was in stable condition by April 12 based on an update from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

Foecking was pulled from the wreckage shortly after the crash, according to a report from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. It was a fiery scene after the plane struck an overpass, according to witnesses.

The crash occurred within a few miles of Greensboro Executive Airport, where the plane had departed.

Guilford County Emergency Services’ Hazmat, Southeast (Guilford) Volunteer Fire Department, Pleasant Garden Fire Department, North Carolina Department of Transportation, State Highway Patrol and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.

An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board is ongoing. Those agencies are handling the case.

By Randolph Record