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Pilot "shaken up" but okay after crash in Sevier County

(WVLT)
Published: Mar. 27, 2019 at 5:05 PM EDT
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The Sevier County Rescue Squad and the Sevier County Fire Department were dispatched to a reported aircraft crash on March 27.

A rescue squad representative said multiple agencies were sent to a scene on Leatherwood Road and Jayell Road. According to the FAA, the Bearhawk aircraft skidded into a creek after crashing in a field at around 4:50 p.m.

WVLT News reporter Kyle Grainger captured photos of first responders as well as the aircraft, which appeared to have landed in a small waterway.

Crews were on scene at 6 p.m., and they told Grainger that the plane was leaking fuel. Responders were trying to drain the fuel tank and prevent fuel from flowing down stream.

The plane was self-built and was one of its first flights. The fire chief told Grainger that the plane cost the pilot $60,000.

Crews at the scene said the pilot was the only person on board, but he is not seriously injured.

Big thanks to all responders from SCVFD, SCRS,SCSD,EMA that responded to mitigate this incident. This incident had a...

Posted by Sevier County Fire Department on Wednesday, March 27, 2019