Friday November 27th, 2015 1:21AM

4 OK after plane equipped with parachute goes down

By The Associated Press
PICKENS, S.C. - Four occupants of a small airplane escaped serious injury Sunday when the plane's engine stalled and the pilot deployed a parachute that brought the craft safely into a stand of trees in northwestern South Carolina, according to a local official.

It happened about 5 p.m. Sunday, not far from the Pickens County Airport, Sheriff's Capt. Keith Galloway said.

He said the plane had taken off from another state and was in the Pickens County area when the engine quit and the pilot couldn't restart it.

``They were in the vicinity of the airport when they started to experience some engine trouble,'' Galloway said. The pilot was aiming for the airport, he said, but couldn't make it.

``Fortunately he had a parachute-equipped airplane as a safety device,'' Galloway said. ``He deployed the parachute on the airplane and it slowed the airplane down and it glided into a stand of trees about a mile and a half to two miles from the runway.''

Galloway said the craft came to rest about 15 to 20 feet up in a stand of trees. Multiple emergency response agencies using ladders helped free the occupants. Galloway said they were checked by medical personnel, but there were no life-threatening injuries.

``They were very lucky,'' he said.

Galloway did not have the identities of the four, nor did he know where the flight originated.

He said the plane was a Cirrus. According to the Cirrus Aircraft website, an airframe parachute is standard equipment on all airplanes manufactured by the company.

The plane remained in the trees Sunday night. Galloway said local authorities secured the scene at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration. He said federal investigators would survey the site on Monday.

Pickens County sits on the North Carolina line, near northeastern Georgia.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
White House undergoes Thanksgiving Day lockdown after man draped in American flag jumps fence
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.The man was immediately appre...
10:11PM ( 3 hours ago )
Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade; St. Louis parade resumes
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers pa...
7:58PM ( 5 hours ago )
Shopping small, holiday spending on the rise
A local economist is encouraging holiday shoppers to take advantage of Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday.
5:51PM ( 7 hours ago )
Community groups provide Thanksgiving meals to residents in need
GAINESVILLE - Local organizations provide Thanksgiving meals, clothes and care packages to residents in need.
12:37PM ( 12 hours ago )
NE Ga.'s jobless rate drops to 5.4% for Oct.
The jobless rate for the Northeast Georgia region ticked down a bit in October, while the Gainesville metro remained flat, according to numbers released Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL).
By AccessWDUN staff
8:00AM ( 17 hours ago )