Will Hofmann – Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE – N.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson David Uchiyama said Interstate-26 West is “closed indefinitely at Airport Road,” after a small plane went down on the highway tonight sometime about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
The detour route is Airport Road to Hendersonville Road to Long Shoals, he said.
Asheville Regional Airport spokesperson Tina Kinsey said the air tower was notified by the incoming plane that assistance might be required, but the plane “did not make it to the airfield,” and had to make a “forced landing.”
Buncombe County Emergency Services, firefighters from Skyland Fire Department and an Asheville Airport public safety officer responded to the fiery scene.
“We transported two people out of the plane crash, but there does not appear to be any life-threatening injuries,” Allen Morgan, Buncombe County on-duty EMS supervisor told the Citizen Times.
“We are mobilizing NCDOT and contract crews to examine the roadway once it is safe to do so. We will be checking to see if any repairs to the road surface need to be made and make those repairs as soon as possible,” Uchiyama told the Citizen Times just after 9 p.m. “It is far too early to even guess when I-26 West will reopen.”
Firefighters from Skyland Fire Department and an Asheville Airport public safety officer are responding to the scene.