Pilot survives Smoky Mountain plane crash. Parachute’s for planes, like this one, are becoming part of standard small craft aviation. photo credit -Cirrus aviation
Smoky Mountain Plane Crash. National park officials have identified the pilot who survived after making an emergency landing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Friday, April 10, 2020.
The pilot crashed in a rugged area of the southern Appalachian mountains approximately six miles west of Clingmans Dome around 11 a.m. The plane was equipped with an emergency parachute which the pilot deployed.
The crash occurred north of Silers Bald and Buckeye Gap, GSMNP. The crash was located by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter a little over two hours after the crash occurred. The pilot was rescued by the Tennessee Army National Guard three hours after the crash using a hoist system. Once rescued the pilot was flown to the Gatlinburg airport.
Officials report the pilot was not injured and was able to leave the airport under his own recognizance. Smoky Mountain park officials continue to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the cause of the crash.
Source material – GSMNP