By John Hinton

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a plane crash Tuesday evening in the Pinnacle area of Stokes County, authorities said.

The injured person was taken by helicopter to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment. That person was in serious, but stable condition at the hospital, said Brandon Gentry, the director of the Stokes County Emergency Services.

The identities of the two people were not released.

The family of the person killed in the crash has been notified, Gentry said.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement about the crash:

“A single-engine Beechcraft A23 crashed in a field near 1170 Almas Lane in Pinnacle, N.C., today at 5:21 p.m., local time. Two people were on board. The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.”

The N.C. Highway Patrol is also investigating the crash.

The small plane crashed in a hayfield, Gentry said. There was no fire.

“We don’t know the cause of the accident at this time,” Gentry said.

Gentry didn’t know the plane’s destination or where the flight originated, he said.

The plane crashed in a scenic area surrounded by a forest with Pilot Mountain and Sauratown Mountain in the background.