Emergency Response Underway: Plane Crashes Along I-26 near Asheville, Multiple Agencies on Scene


Plane Crash Shuts Down Portion of I-26 near Asheville: Two Onboard, Current Conditions Unknown

A section of I-26 in North Carolina is closed as emergency services respond to a plane crash, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the incident, stating that the plane went down along I-26 at approximately 8:15 p.m. with two individuals on board, though their current conditions remain unknown.

Officials from the Asheville Regional Airport reported that as the pilot approached the airport, they indicated a potential need for assistance. However, the aircraft was unable to reach the airport and was forced to land on I-26.

The affected portion of I-26 west at Airport Road is currently shut down due to the crash. Drivers in the area are advised to follow detours to avoid the affected zone.

During radio communication with the ground tower in Asheville, the pilot mentioned issues with an oil leak and requested assistance. Approximately 4 miles away from the airport, realizing the impossibility of reaching the destination, the pilot declared a “mayday” and signaled a glide landing.

“Looks like, honestly, with our best glide we’re probably not going to make it, so if there’s anything else nearby you see that may get us some upflow, let us know,” the pilot communicated, according to audio from LiveATC.net.

Elki Soy, who captured video footage from the highway, shared images revealing the plane engulfed in flames. Subsequent photos, taken after the fire was extinguished, depict little remaining of the aircraft.

According to NCDOT, the westbound lanes of I-26 will be closed overnight until at least 7 a.m. on Friday morning, with a detour in place.

According to Delta Air Lines, in a separate incident, a plane landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport without its landing gear extended. The aircraft, carrying two pilots, three flight attendants, and 96 passengers, touched down with its nose gear in the “up” position. Delta assured that the landing was safe, and passengers and crew disembarked using a slide, with transportation to the terminal arranged via bus.

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