MACON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) —
Macon County Emergency Services responded Friday morning to a plane crash on the east side of U.S. 441/Georgia Road, just south of the visitors’ center.
The plane went down around 10 a.m. and there were no serious injuries.
Pilot Doug Finner tells News 13 that he was able to get himself out of the cockpit after the plane flipped during the emergency landing, saying the seatbelt worked, and he was able to walk away with just a few minor injuries.
Finner says his single-engine rented Cessna Skycatcher, registered in Gainesville, Georgia, lost power to the engine, and he was forced to make an emergency landing in a cow pasture south of Franklin.
He was trying to land in the field across the street, he said, but had to swerve to avoid a tree and bounced before hitting the embankment, causing the plane to flip.
Finner left from Gainesville Georgia, destined for Macon County. He says he will soon head back to Georgia, and the plane will be towed.
The FAA is investigating.
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