FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19
Aircraft Model: GLASAIR
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR KNOX, TENNESSEE.
MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to emergency dispatch, a plane made an emergency landing on Maynardville Highway near the Union County line. It happened Wednesday just before 2:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
According to a Andrew Reed with tje Union County Emergency Management, the plane left Island Home and was on its way to Ohio.
The pilot was at 6,000 feet when he reported engine failure. The pilot tried to turn the plane around for a landing at Island Home.
When the pilot couldn't make it, he decided to land the plane on the highway because he didn't notice any traffic at the time.
Reed said the pilot was somehow able to maneuver the plane at the last second to miss the power lines that cross Maynardville Highway.
Krazy Kester's Fireworks sits not far from where the plane came down on the highway. Bill Crisp, who works at the store but wasn't working at the time, said it was fortunate the plane didn't come down and hit the building.
"I expected to see a big plume of smoke when I came across the ridge down here. When I didn't see that it did make me feel a little bit better," he said.
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Dave Cline had flown the single-engine plane out of Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville on his way to Ohio but ran into engine trouble at about 6,000 feet above Maynardville Highway, said Andrew Reed, Union County emergency management director.
Cline told authorities he tried to turn around but realized he couldn't make it back to the airport. He at first tried to land on a clear stretch of the highway at the county line but determined he wouldn't be able to clear a set of power lines, so he pulled the plane into a dive and landed in a ditch near Hansard Road just before 2:30 p.m., Reed said.
Cline met crews from the Paulette Volunteer Fire Department at the scene. He didn't want to talk about the crash to a reporter.
Reed said Federal Aviation Administration investigators are headed to the scene.
Original article can be found here: http://www.knoxnews.com
MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon near the Knox and Union County line
The incident happened just after 2 p.m. near the 9500 block of Maynardville Highway. Union County Emergency Management says the single engine plane left Island Home Airport bound for Ohio when it experienced a mechanical difficulty at around 6,000 feet.
The pilot couldn’t make it back to the airport and tried to land on Highway 33 but went into a ditch. The pilot was not injured.
The roadway was partially blocked in both directions for a time but has since reopened. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
Original article can be found here: http://wate.com