UNC medical plane crashes at RDU; flights resuming

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Flights are resuming at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after a medical plane crashed this morning.

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

UNC Health says it is a medical plane, part of its UNC Air Operations, that crashed. The hospital system says it was carrying a physician and a pilot, both of whom have been taken to a hospital.

RDU put all flights on hold for about 90 minutes. Just before noon, the airport said its main runway had reopened while the secondary remains closed.

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

According to the tail number on the plane, it is owned by Medical Air, Inc. of Raleigh and is a SOCATA TBM 700 fixed-wing single-engine aircraft.