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Cary attorney dies in plane crash Sunday in Pender County

A Cary attorney was killed in a single-engine plane crash near Topsail Island on Sunday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Dillard M. Powell, 89, was flying the Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser when it went down in Holly Ridge, about a mile south of the Topsail Airpark, according to the NTSB.

Powell, who had law offices in Cary and Topsail Beach, took off from the Topsail Airpark en route to Albert J. Ellis Airport near Jacksonville at about 3:24 p.m. Sunday, said First Sgt. M.W. King with the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Pender County.

“He was reported missing several hours later, after he had not reached his destination,” at approximately 6:30 p.m., King said.

A battery of emergency responders, including firefighters with the Pender County Fire Department, officials with Pender County emergency management and officers with Wilmington Police Department searched for the plane for about an hour and half before it was found near U.S. 17 at about 10:30 p.m.

Powell had been ejected from the plane upon impact, King said.

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