The Pilot Was Killed When His Plane Collided With a Tractor-trailer on a North Carolina Freeway. Viral News

The Pilot Was Killed When His Plane Collided With a Tractor

A small plane crashed and collided with a tractor-trailer on a North Carolina freeway on Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. An investigation is underway into a twin-engine Beech craft Barron that collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 in Lexington, North Carolina, according to the FAA and NTSB.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the jet went down near the Davidson County Airport and collided with a car on an adjacent freeway at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was pronounced deceased at the site by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The Pilot Was Killed When His Plane Collided With a Tractor-trailer on a North Carolina Freeway. Viral News

They recognized him as Charlotte resident Raymond John Ackley, 43.

The cause of the tractor-flip trailer’s and veering off the road is yet unknown, according to the highway patrol.

Non-life-threatening injuries have been reported for the driver of the vehicle, according to the police. The highway patrol reported that a 2019 Ford pickup was also damaged by debris from the incident.

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Witness Donald Holt Sr. told Raleigh’s NBC affiliate WRAL that he and his wife had observed the jet flying “really low” before it crashed.

We saw the tail of the jet and the tractor-trailer rolling on its side and both were on fire as soon as we crossed the highway, Holt said, adding that they observed “a lot of smoke—white smoke and black smoke” as they approached the scene.

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