Asheville -- December 15, 2023: A portion of I-26 West remains closed, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), because an aircraft crashed on Thursday night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that the plane crashed along I-26. Mayday was proclaimed by the aircraft, according to the FAA, because of engine failure and smoke in the cockpit.

According to Asheville Regional Airport officials, the pilot was unable to reach the airport and was compelled to make an emergency landing on I-26, which precipitated the flaming collision.

Two passengers were transported to the hospital due to injuries that did not require immediate medical attention. 

From the original press release 

The Incident Corridor Management plan has been implemented. It provides longer green lights along the following detour routes:

I-26 West Traffic: Exit I-26 at Airport Road (Exit 40) to Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25 North ) to Long Shoals Road (N.C. 143) back to I-26.

NCDOT announced in an update at 9:22 am today, I-26 EAST is OPEN Crews are working to open I-26 WEST One westbound lane will stay closed for pavement repairs.



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