Apr 24, 2024 - News

UNC Health medical plane crashes at RDU International Airport

Aerial view of Raleigh-Durham International Airport on April 27, 2022. Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

Aerial view of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

A UNC Health medical plane crashed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Wednesday morning, shutting down air traffic and leaving two injured.

The latest: UNC Health confirmed on Wednesday that the plane was carrying Paul Chelminski, an internal medicine physician at UNC. Chelminski was returning from Wilmington, where he had given a lecture at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Both Chelminski and Art Johnson, the pilot, were injured in the crash.

  • Chelminski was transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was discharged later in the afternoon.
  • Johnson was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, and remains there in fair condition, a UNC Health spokesperson said on Thursday. UNC said they are "optimistic" he will make a full recovery.

UNC Health said it is pausing its air operations, which include two other planes, and is working with federal investigators to analyze the crash.

  • A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration said the crash was caused by a failed landing, ABC11 reported.

Editor's note: This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

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