FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN THE TREES, NEAR COMER, GEORGIA.
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident in which a plane ended up in a tree after an engine cut off in midair this week.
According to an incident report, student pilot Taylor Jenkins crashed into trees Monday in Oglethorpe County after his plane’s engine cut off not long after he’d taken off from a private runway on his property.
The plane crashed about 60 feet in the air, according to the report, but Jenkins managed to get out of the plane and climb 30 feet down before authorities came to save him. He was not injured in the accident.
Jenkins said he tried to glide the plane down safely, but was unsuccessful.
The plane, which belonged to another pilot, was not up to date on its registration or annual maintenance.
A small, single engine plane crashed into the top of a tree Monday morning in Oglethorpe County.
“It’s in the top of a tree. I don’t know how he got out of it,” Oglethorpe County Sheriff Mike Smith said.
The pilot, whose name was unavailable, was unharmed in the crash, Smith said.
The crash occurred off Watson Mill Road in an area several miles west of Watson Mill State Park.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and an investigator is expected at the site, Smith said.
Smith said he did know yet why the plane went into the tree.