Greenville teacher injured in plane crash

POSTED: 11:32 AM May 10 2013   UPDATED: 11:33 AM May 10 2013
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A small plane crashed outside of Raleigh, injuring an elementary school teacher from Greenville, investigators said.

Elaina Essey, 24, teaches first grade at Belvoir Elementary. She was flying a Piper single engine plane with her instructor when the aircraft went down at about 7:25 p.m. Thursday in Johnston County, according to investigators. The scene is near a private airstrip close to Highway 96 in the Selma area.

Authorities said the aircraft clipped a power line and landed on its roof. According to witness Justin Haggerty, the plane was flying low and slowly before the crash. He said the aircraft "made a really abrupt maneuver over the top of my house, hit the power line, and belly-flipped."

Essey and her flight instructor were conscious and taken to WakeMed. As of Friday morning, Essey was still hospitalized, but is expected to be okay, according to officials with Pitt County Schools.

There is no word on the identity or condition of the flight instructor. The FAA will be investigating the crash.