"A small plane trying to land Saturday at a private mountain airstrip hit two planes on the ground, killing three people, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. at Mountain Air, a private golf development north of Asheville. The Mountain Air Web site said the resort is 4,400 feet above sea level and has a 2,875-foot runway."
Photo © Paul Aranha
Photo © Larkin Newby
The article also states that the aircraft involved was a 2006 Columbia. From what I can gather from the article, it just sounds like a case of bad piloting, although those parked aircraft are VERY close to the runway. From the photograph by Paul Aranha, it looks like the plane was landing on 14 and could have encountered some crosswinds or something.. But who knows.
The airport is an exclusive, private resort. The owner of the Columbia was from Florida, most likely vacationing in the Western North Carolina area.
RIP to all three people and their families.