NC pilot tried several times to land before crash
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:13:45 GMT —
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says a pilot made several attempts to land before a fatal crash in Robeson County last year.
The retired Army colonel died when his Piper PA-28 Cherokee came down in some woods near Parkton.
But the agency's preliminary report says Deal was flying from Summerville, S.C., to Fayetteville Regional Airport when the plane appeared to malfunction. Deal told a Fayetteville air traffic controller that he was having trouble with his gyroscope while approaching for a landing.
The plane crashed after three attempts to land.
Deal was the acting chief of surgery at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.