SUNBURY — A longtime city attorney, his wife and father-in-law were killed at noon Monday when their single-engine plane crashed into a quarry about six miles from an airport in Greensboro, N.C.
Michael Apfelbaum, who served on numerous community boards in the Valley and was solicitor for the Shikellamy School District; his wife, Christy, both of Lewisburg, and Christy’s father, Clarence “Mike” Imgrund, of Lewisburg; died when the Beechcraft A 36 that Apfelbaum was piloting crashed into the East Forsyth Quarry campus for Vulcan Materials at 2866 N.C. 66 South, near Horneytown.
Apfelbaum and his passengers were returning to Pennsylvania after a trip to Sarasota, Fla., and were scheduled to make a stop at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, N.C.
Apfelbaum radioed the airport’s tower and indicated there was a problem, according to the airport’s executive director, Kevin Baker.
“What sounds like what happened is the pilot was unable to tell the tower what the problem was, but said they had a problem and within the next few moments is when the crash occurred,” Baker said.
Peter Knudson, of the National Transportation Safety Board, in Washington D.C., said Apfelbaum was talking with air traffic controllers at the Piedmont airport and indicated he was disoriented.
“The controllers were trying to get him to the airport when the crash happened,” Knudson said.
Officials from the NTSB arrived in North Carolina around noon Tuesday to begin their investigation, Knudson said.