RALEIGH — The pilot killed in the crash of a twin-engine airplane in Croatan Sound on Sunday was the owner of a Raleigh construction company, officials said Tuesday.
Gregory Fields Carlisle, 49, of Blenheim Drive in Raleigh and owner of Carlisle Builders, was on approach to a runway at Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo when his Piper Seneca went into the water, according to a preliminary accident report from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The State Highway Patrol said a second person in the plane, Johanna Redmon, 44, of Raeford, was able to escape and was taken by EMS to Outer Banks Hospital, then transferred to the Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville.
Monday, divers from the state Department of Transportation and the Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department found the plane and the body of Carlisle, who held a license for single- and twin-engine aircraft and an instrument rating, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard had dispatched a fast-response boat from Oregon Inlet and a helicopter from Elizabeth City on Sunday, but a search did not locate the sunken plane.
State troopers said the investigation had been turned over to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine what caused the crash. The FAA regional office in Atlanta said the NTSB had the lead role in the investigation.
Carlisle had received his most recent certification – for instrument flying – in August 2011, according to the FAA’s Airmen Registry of licensed pilots.
He had passed his pilot’s medical exam in February 2011, when he was first licensed. He qualified for multiengine aircraft two months later.
The Seneca was manufactured in 1978 and was most recently certified as airworthy in August 2011.
A corporation called E85 Transport LLC, with Carlisle’s home as its address, is the registered owner of the plane; records show the corporation owns no others.