On Wednesday August 14 at 8:57am Watauga County Communications received a 911 call of a downed aircraft on the Hardin Road in Watauga County. Deep Gap Fire Dept., Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue Squad, NC Highway Patrol, Watauga Emergency Management and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Responded.
According to witnesses, the aircraft had taken off from a private airstrip located at 3935 Hardin Road approximately 100 yards from the crash site about 20 minutes prior to the crash. Witnesses also report that the plane had circled several times then went down.
The plane caught fire upon impact and the pilot Mr. Danny Dunn age 67 of 3935 Hardin Road had crawled free of the wreckage and was located some distance away.
Mr. Dunn was airlifted to Baptist Hospital with life threatening injuries. The NC Highway Patrol is securing the scene will be turned over to the FAA upon their arrival.