Body of pilot found by search and rescue team in Tennessee

By on Mar 31, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States, World Comments
Body of pilot found

Zodiac 601
Credit: Zenith Air

The body of a pilot was found by a group of search and rescue crew on Saturday morning, March 30, 2013. It was reported earlier that the man was thrown off from a plane he was flying at about 2,500 feet in Tennessee.

Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that the body of the pilot was finally recovered. According to Gault, rescuers “found him in a tree line, not too far off the road.”

The National Transportation Safety Board has conducted its investigation on the incident. A final report is expected to be released soon by the NTSB and may shed light into the Friday afternoon incident.

Some reports say that the pilot was ripped off from his aircraft seat because he was not wearing his safety harness. He is undergoing flight lessons on his newly acquired Zodiac 601, a single-engine aircraft commonly used for leisure and pilot training flights.

A joint-rescue was conducted by the Bradley County emergency personnel and Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.

The pilot intructor was reportedly able to safely return the plane to the Collegedale Municipal Airport after the accident.

Based on initial investigation, Gault explained that “There were two pilots on board. At some point during their flight, the canopy on the aircraft malfunctioned and, as a result, one of the pilots was ejected.”

Bradley County Interim Fire Chief Troy Spence said that search crews found the body of the pilot at about 11:45 a.m. on Saturday near a volunteer fire station.

As of posting, the identities of the two pilots have not been released by authorities.



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