Doctor discharged from hospital, pilot in fair condition after RDU plane crash

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A doctor injured in a plane crash this morning at Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been released from the hospital, while the pilot is in fair condition.

UNC Health says Dr. Paul Chelminski was returning from a lecture in Wilmington when the plane crashed at RDU.

The hospital system says the medical plane is part of its UNC Air Operations. The SOCATA TBM 700 it is owned by Medical Air, Inc. of Raleigh.

The turboprop plane crashed around 10:15 a.m., close to gate 15 near RDU’s secondary runway.

UNC says Chelminski, an internal medicine physician, was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was discharged this afternoon.

The pilot, Art Johnson, was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham and is in fair condition. UNC says Johnson has been a pilot for them since 2013.

“Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones, and we’re grateful to the first responders who helped following the accident,” the hospital system said in a statement.

All flights at RDU were stopped for almost two hours this morning because of the crash. The airport’s main runway reopened just before noon, while the secondary runway remains closed.

The plane had extensive damage, including damage to both wings and to the engine.

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