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UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash of a small plane from a Union County flight school, hours after the pilot attempted to land it on N. Rocky River Road in Indian Trail.

The pilot and three other people on board were not injured in the rough landing, which happened around 3 p.m.

A witness said he saw the plane coming down, and watched as it clipped trees in front of his home. Val Kavardakov said the plane continued down the road before crashing off to the side.

The 1963 Cessna 172D is registered to Leighton Pressley, who runs Pressley Aviation at nearby Goose Creek Airport. A tip of one wing could be seen feet from the plane.

Pressley declined to comment about the rough landing, except to say he was glad everyone was safe.

The pilot and passengers also declined to comment.

Another pilot on scene as the plane returned to the airport around 5 p.m. said he believed the plane was too heavy with a full tank of fuel and four people on board, but the pilot also declined to confirm that.

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