By Charlotte Smith

A Leland woman was injured after a small plane crashed and was destroyed Tuesday afternoon at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown.

The pilot and another passenger did not receive serious injuries, according to witnesses.

Tomye Sue DeVane with Emereau: Bladen, a public charter school across the street from the airport took, the school nurse, Ashley Bryant, and Brittney Rowland a teacher, and headed to the scene to help.

“I’ve never seen a plane disintegrate as fast as that plane did. It was a matter of minutes,” Mrs. DeVane said.

Samantha Hartis of Leland was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for her injuries and was listed in stable condition, according to officials. Hartis’ son, Branden Hartis, also was aboard. The pilot of the Cessna 182 four-seat single engine plane was Anthony Brian Caines of Riegelwood.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Elizabethtown Fire and Police Departments along with Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services were on the scene. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Matthew Yongue is leading the investigation.

The airport will be closed until at least Thursday. It will not reopen until the Federal Aviation Administration clears it, according to Sgt. Younge.