Identities of pilot, passenger in crash confirmed

By on January 15, 2013

The plane was a 1978 Piper Seneca.

Local officials confirmed Tuesday that the pilot killed in the crash of a twin-engine plane while approaching the Dare County Regional Airport was Gregory Fields Carlisle of Raleigh.

A passenger injured in the crash was identified as Joanna Diana Redmon of Raeford.

Robert Benson, airport director, said divers found Carlisle’s body inside the aircraft Monday between noon and 12:30 p.m. Redmon was rescued from the sound after escaping from the plane.

Carlisle was an executive with Clean Burn Fuels, which ran an ethanol fuel plant in Hoke County that operated for just a few months in 2010 before shutting down because of the high price of corn and lower gas prices. He was most recently owner of E85 Transport and Carlisle Builders in Raleigh.

Carlisle’s father, Jack, told WRAL in Raleigh that his son was flying along the coast to earn hours in the cockpit to maintain his certification. Redmon was interested in becoming a pilot, he said.

The plane, a 1978 Piper Seneca, was removed from the Croatan Sound Monday afternoon about a mile off the airport runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

Rescuers Sunday at the Old Swimming Hole ramp (Russ Lay)

Witnesses say Redmon was calling for help not far from shore a short time after Sunday’s crash. She was rescued and taken by ambulance to The Outer Banks Hospital.

George Wood, vice chairman of the Dare County Airport Authority, said the crew in the airport’s control tower and other airport employees rescued the woman from the water and described them as “heroes.”

Conditions at the airport were hazy with rolling periods of fog, according to a pilot who landed a short time before the crash.

Multiple witnesses said the plane had made an earlier attempt to land before the crash at about 11:45 a.m.

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