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One Dead After N.C. Plane Crash

January 18, 2004 GMT

HAYS, N.C. (AP) _ A 1958 model single-engine plane crashed into a field shortly after takeoff, killing the pilot and injuring the other three people on board.

The Cessna 182A crashed at 3:40 p.m. Saturday about 15 miles from the Wilkes County Airport, said Lt. J.D. Plyler of the state Highway Patrol.

It was unclear where the plane was going, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Thomas John Wood, 70, of Hays, died at the scene. The plane was registered to Wood, according to the FAA’s aircraft registry.


Wood’s son, John Wood, 38, and 12-year-old grandson, Seth Lytle, were in serious condition Saturday night at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Thomas Wood’s son-in-law, Thomas Lytle, 45, was treated at a hospital and released Saturday night, a spokeswoman said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash Sunday, FAA officials said.

Hays is about 50 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, in the central part of the state.