El Paso man in critical condition after surviving fiery plane crash in North Carolina

El Paso man in critical condition after surviving fiery plane crash in North Carolina

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An El Paso man is in critical condition after surviving a fiery plane crash near Fayetteville, North Carolina this past weekend.

Jerry Bueno has months of surgeries and physical therapy ahead after surviving the crash on Sunday, May 26, according to his family.

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According to a Nexstar affiliate in North Carolina, the plane crashed and caught fire near Gray’s Creek Airport south of Fayetteville in Cumberland County.

  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno
    Photo of Jerry Bueno
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with a friend.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with a friend.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
  • Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.
    Photo of Jerry Bueno with friends.

The station says the plane was a Piper PA-28-140, a single-propeller plane.

Raul Carreon said his friend, Jerry Bueno, has months of recovery ahead of him.

“The doctor said it was the equivalent of hitting a concrete pole at 60 mph — the impact to his face,” Carreon said.

Bueno has multiple fractures across his body, is facing an amputation to his foot, has a broken jaw, and has lost seven teeth, Carreon said.

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Carreon said they work together in construction, and he considers him his “right hand.” Following the accident, Bueno will be out of pocket for the next few months and will need all the assistance he can get.

Carreon said the pilot of the plane went back to save Bueno.

“He realized Jerry wasn’t out, so he went back to the burning plane, sustaining more injuries, third-degree burns to his hands, while pulling Jerry out,” Carreon said.

The pilot and the other passenger in the back sustained serious injuries, he said.

Carreon has created a GoFund Me to cover his expenses. That can be found by clicking here: Help Jerry Recover and Return Home.

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