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Pilot Uninjured After Plane Crash in Field Behind Local Church

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating a single engine plane crash that happened tonight in Matthews, North Carolina. At about 6:38pm, local authorities including Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department & Town of Matthews Police Department responded to a reported plane crash on Margaret Wallace Road.

When fire and police officials arrived on scene, they found the Fixed Wing Single-Engine 1962 Cessna overturned in a field near the 3300 block of Margaret Wallace Road behind the REACH Church. The pilot of the plane was able to escape and miraculously sustained to injuries.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Registry, the 1962 Fixed Wing Single-Engine Cessna with tail # N1193Y was registered to a person in Sanford, North Carolina in Harnett County.

Dozens of local area residents gathered across the street from the crash scene in amazement.

Ian McCousky who lives near the crash site told us "Seeing a plane turnover, you don't see that everyday." Another local resident Charles Dewitt told us "This neighborhood gets buzzed a lot by helicopters." "To actually see a plane upside down is unique."

A Charlotte Fire Department officials confirms the single occupant pilot was unhurt after safely exiting the aircraft. The fire official said the investigation will be headed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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