Umstead Park Plane Crash, October 2019 – Incident Notes

On October 20, 2019, starting at 7:25 p.m., fire and EMS units were dispatched to a reported plane crash at Umstead State Park, which borders Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The dispatched address was the intersection of Ebenezer Church Road and Graylyn Drive. The airport control tower reported loss of radar contact with a light plane, later identified as a Piper PA-32-301, N534Z, with two souls aboard. 

Command post and staging areas were established at the intersection, with search crews entering park in vehicles and later on foot. Search activities continued until about 3:00 a.m. Operations  resumed after daybreak, with command and staging relocated to the park’s visitor’s center on Glenwood Avenue. The aircraft was located at 10:22 a.m. There were no survivors. 

Incidents notes about the fire and EMS response have been compiled Mike Legeros. Read the 37 page document (PDF, 4.8M) at

See Legeros photos from the incident at

See related research on area airplane accidents at

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