ELIZABETHON, Tenn. — First responders in Carter County had to cut through thick brush and trees to get to three people injured in a plane crash Tuesday evening outside of Elizabethton.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in an email statement that the plane went down on Holston Mountain just after 7:30 p.m. and that three people were aboard the aircraft.
Data supplied by the FAA said that the plane was registered to Skypark, Inc., of Wadsworth, Ohio. The company operates a privately owned airport located 35 miles south of Cleveland, according to information on its website.
An eyewitness near the scene of the crash in the Stoney Creek community said when they looked up they saw smoke and the tail of the plane just a few moments before the aircraft went down.
Rescue workers, who set out on all-terrain vehicles, were equipped with chainsaws so they could cut through the wooded terrain to get to the survivors.
A Skypark spokesperson contacted Tuesday night said that two people who were on the plane could walk while the third person’s injuries rendered him unable to walk.
That area of Carter County was also the site of a fatal plane crash almost seven years ago. A Beech Bonanza aircraft with five people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from the Elizabethton Airport on Sept. 2, 2007.
The five victims were Jehovah’s Witness ministers who were based out of Hamblen County, Tenn., and had landed in Elizabethton to pick up a passenger. The plane went down 10 miles outside the town, according to The Associated Press.