DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A pilot died and emergency crews are on scene after a plane crash involving a tractor-trailer shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate-85 on Wednesday afternoon, officials told sister-station WGHP.
Troopers said the plane was fully engulfed in flames after crashing into a tractor-trailer.
Troopers identified the pilot as Raymond John Ackley, 43, of Charlotte.
The southbound lanes were closed between exit 91 and exit 88 near Linwood at 5:21 p.m. and are expected to reopen around 11 p.m., according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed into a tractor-trailer on I-85 near the Davidson County Airport in Lexington around 5:35 p.m.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.
The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation, according to the FAA.