Tuesday, July 16

Emergency Crews on Scene of Plane Crash on HWY 421

ASHEBORO N.C. – Emergency crews, officials, and investigators are on the scene of a plane crash on US Hwy 421 just outside of Randolph County near the Greensboro Executive Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a single-engine Vans RV-12 aircraft crashed south of Greensboro Executive Airport in Guilford County around 11 a.m. local time Tuesday, April 11th, 2023.

The aircraft crashed into a hill on the side of US Hwy 421, near the Monnett Road bridge, just south of the airport, closing the bridge as well as one lane of US Hwy 421 SB.

The FAA confirmed that two people were on board. The Guilford County Sheriff Office has confirmed that one person is dead. No information about the second person onboard is currently available.

Emergency crews were on the scene of a small plane crash on US HWY 421 at the Monnett Rd bridge this morning. [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]

Guilford County Emergency Services Hazmat 70, Southeast Volunteer Fire Department, Plesant Garden Fire Dept, NCDOT, State Highway Patrol, and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene. 

The bridge on Monnett Road over 421 has reopened to traffic and NC DOT reports all lanes of US Hwy 421 are back open, according to the Traffic Information Management System (TIMS), but officials on scene urge drivers to use caution in the area.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. More updates will be added as they are made available.