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One man injured in plane crash on Cagle Mountain
Karen House
July 17, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATED 7/17/2019 10:45 p.m. CDT

July 17, 2019 – Authorities are investigating the crash of a private plane on Cagle Mountain today that left one man injured.

According to the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office (SCSO), Murray Marien, 67, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, executed a crash landing in a field just past the end of White Oak Swamps Road.

At 3:23 p.m., the SCSO received a call from a government agency in Florida saying they had lost contact with a plane.

They said it had probably crashed and gave us the coordinates,” Detective Jody Lockhart said tonight. “Upon verification of the information they gave us, we contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and utilized their helicopter that was in the area.”

The THP helicopter crew spotted the wreckage. Agencies that responded to the scene were the SCSO, the THP, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO).

We found a single-engine plane in the area with the coordinates we were given,” Lockhart stated.

The pilot was the only passenger in the aircraft, and he was injured but conscious.

In fact, he was in pretty good spirits,” Det. Lockhart said. “He was talking and joking with us. He said he had complete engine failure.”

Officers called in Life Force helicopter, which transported the injured man to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Michelle Wallace heard the plane go down from her home just off White Oak Swamps Road.

We have planes flying low all the time in here,” she said tonight. “I heard the plane and said to my husband, 'Do you hear that plane? Something does not sound right.' And at the same time I heard it, our dog had his ears perked up, listening also. My husband did not hear it. Then I heard sirens not too long after, but didn't know they were going right past our neighborhood.”

Marien reportedly left Gainesville, Ga., and was flying north toward a destination in Wisconsin when his plane went down.

Photo courtesy of Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.