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Banner Elk Plane Crash Survivor Dies Month After Crash Into Boone Golf Course

By Jesse Wood

Steven Cox Berry, 43, of Banner Elk succumbed to injuries suffered in the April 25 plane crash on the Boone Golf Course. Berry is the second fatality registered in the plane crash that also took the life of former State Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Chappell, 69, of Boone.


The lone survivor is now John Field Worsley II, 68, of Lenoir. Although Worsley’s condition was initially described as critical by Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford, hospital staff at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is not allowed to release information pertaining to Berry’s status because Worsley is a “no-information patient.”

The plane crash occurred just before 1 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The plane took off from the nearby Boone Airport and immediately went into distress, according to witnesses playing golf. The plane clipped the tops of trees before crashing onto the course and bursting into flames.

A friend of the Berry family created a GoFundMe.com page a month ago to help pay for medical expenses. Throughout the past few weeks, Steve’s wife, Annette, posted updates on Berry’s severe condition.

Yesterday evening, the sixth update was posted: “It is with great sadness to tell you Steve passed yesterday. Arrangements are being finalized and will be posted shortly. Please continue to pray for Annette and their families.”

Click here to view the GoFundMe.com page.