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One man injured in plane crash on Cagle Mountain

Photo courtesy of Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATED 7/18/2019 1:25 p.m. CDT

From the family of the injured man:   "As we reflect on the recent events from yesterday and focus on Murray’s recovery, we would like to thank all the members of the first responder agencies who assisted with locating and treating Murray after the plane crash.  From the United States Air Force identifying the crash site from the coordinates of the emergency transmitter beacon and notifying the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department to search the area to LIFE FORCE and Erlanger staff for stabilizing and treating Murray’s injuries.  We are so grateful for the immediate response from all those involved and for the area residents keeping him in their thoughts and prayers."

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), a 67-year-old man from 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.”

The pilot reportedly left Gainesville, Ga., and was flying north toward a destination in Wisconsin when his plane went down.  His name is being withheld by request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is assisting in the investigation.

Photo courtesy of Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.