A small aircraft crashed on a highway in western North Carolina on Thursday night and subsequently caught fire, but the two individuals aboard managed to escape without life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.
The incident involved a single-engine Diamond DA-40 that crashed on Interstate 26 near Asheville Regional Airport around 8:15 p.m., as reported by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol disclosed that the plane struck power lines spanning I-26, and one of its wings made contact with a tractor-trailer, resulting in the plane becoming engulfed in flames, as per WLOS-TV.
Although the truck sustained damage, the driver emerged unharmed, according to the highway patrol.
The two occupants of the plane were transported to a hospital with injuries that were deemed non-life-threatening.
Due to the crash, the highway was shut down in both directions on Friday morning while Duke Power workers repaired the power lines spanning the road, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into the crash.