Three people died midday Monday when their single-engine plane crashed and burned in Forsyth County, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said.
The pilot contacted air traffic control to say he was “a bit disoriented and was having trouble locating the airport,” he said.
The cause of the 12:12 p.m. crash was unknown, Knudson said at 6 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene, he said. The NTSB will take over the investigation Tuesday and begin interviewing witnesses and air traffic controllers.
Kevin Baker, the airport’s executive director, said the pilot reported a problem to the tower but could not detail it before crashing, the paper said.