Pilot in critical condition after plane crashes into Croatan Sound

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 18:54:03-04

Manteo, NC - A plane crashed into the Croatan Sound near the Dare County Regional Airport on Monday evening at 4:30 p.m. The pilot, Jenny Hawk, is now in critical condition.

The plane was about 50 feet from the approach end of the runway.

Officials say Hawk was the only person in the plane. She is the owner of OBX Airplanes.

She was rescued by first responders and transported by Dare MedFlight to Norfolk for treatment.

They say she was flying banners at the beach at the time.

NewsChannel 3's Mike Mather flew with Hawk for this story in 2013.

He has flown with Hawk and he describes her as kind and patient.

Witnesses at the scene say it looks like the banner cables were caught in the plane's elevator.

Crews are in the process of removing the plane from the sound.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.