Small plane crashes in Carroll


Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Two men suffered minor injuries after a small plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Carroll County near the Twin County Airport.

Two men suffered minor injuries after a small plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Carroll County near the Twin County Airport.

According to Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp, the crash occurred at 5:07 p.m. when a 1974 Piper Cherokee Warrior crashed about 150 feet short of the runway at Twin County Airport. Two people were on board, he said, and both were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax for minor injuries. The owner of the plane, Roger Lee Kempfer, 70, of Riner, suffered a laceration to his forearm. Jason West was also in the plane and suffered very minor injuries, Delp said, adding both were walking around after the crash. The plane circled around the runway of the airport once prior to the crash, Delp said.

“Kempfer denied any instrument problems or malfunction and he said there weren’t any crosswinds, so the cause of the crash is still undetermined at this point,” Delp said.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene tomorrow morning, Delp added, noting that the crash remains under investigation.

Allen Worrell can be reached by calling (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

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