Officials set up a staging area off of Highway 25 in ZIrconia after the crash. (Dec. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Officials at the staging area off of Highway 25 in ZIrconia after the crash. (Dec. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -
A plane crashed in Greenville County near the South Carolina/North Carolina border on Tuesday evening, according to deputies.
The single-engine plane crashed on Corbin Mountain at about 6 p.m., and the pilot then called 911, according to Capt. Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. He said the pilot was the only person on board the amateur-built Rans S-6S Coyote plane.
Henderson County deputies released the 911 call the pilot made after the crash and said he lost his glasses and had trouble seeing the area. He told the dispatcher that he could not find his glasses or GPS after the crash, so he was unable to tell them exactly where he crashed.
When the dispatcher asked for his location, he replied, "I wish I knew. I have been involved in a plane crash, I'm fine. I'm in the woods somewhere."
"It's a very foggy, dark, rainy, the wooded area, so just not sure if they've been able to get a full evaluation of the damage to the plane," Stout said. "We have been in constant contact with the FAA this evening, and they will be sending a team of investigators here very soon."
The pilot explained to the dispatcher that the emergency locator transmitter on the plane should have gone off to indicate his location, but told her several times that he was OK and they did not need to send an ambulance.
"I just wanted to say I'm fine, I may have a couple of scratches, but I don't think there are any broken bones," the pilot said.
When the dispatcher asked where he may have crashed, he told he was somewhere southeast of Asheville but believed he was still in North Carolina.
According to Stout, it took rescuers more than two hours to find the man because of the difficult terrain. Once they found him, they said the crash site was actually in Greenville County.
The FAA released a statement on Tuesday night that said the flight departed from John C. Tune Airport in Nashville and was headed to Greenville Downtown Airport. The FAA is investigating the crash, and the NTSB will determine the cause.
On the 911 call, he said he was headed to Greenville when he ran into a cloud and crashed a short time later.
Deputies said the man only suffered from minor injuries, though he was taken to Pardee Hospital as a precaution, Stout said.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office are working on the investigation together.
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