Boone police release names of victims in small plane crash

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Boone police have released the names of the people in a plane that crashed on a golf course in the North Carolina mountains.

One man died and two others were hurt in the crash at Boone Golf Club on Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Shane Robbins said in a statement that 69-year-old Benjamin Franklin Chappell of Boone was killed. Robbins said Chappell was a retired state trooper.

Robbins said 68-year-old John Field Worsley II of Lenoir and 43-year-old Steven Cox Berry of Banner Elk were in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Witnesses said the plane was in apparent trouble shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and clipped the tops of trees before crashing on the golf course.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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