Mother, son injured in Sevier County plane crash

Mother, son injured in Sevier County plane crash

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Firefighters extinguish an aircraft that crashed into Bluff Mountain after takeoff. Firefighters extinguish an aircraft that crashed into Bluff Mountain after takeoff.

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A plane crash on Bluff Mountain sent two people to the hospital Sunday, but only with minor injuries.

The crash occurred Sunday afternoon just after 2 p.m. The small aircraft, holding a family of five from Florida, crashed shortly after it took off from Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport.

Walden Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Baker said the plane clipped power lines while on its ascent, about three nautical miles from the airport. The plane inverted, and became lodged in the trees of a wooded area on the mountain.

Officials believe the plane became engulfed in flames while lodged in trees. The unidentified mother of the family fell from the aircraft while it was suspended above the forest floor, approximately 20 feet.

The plane then fell to the ground, and the other four members of the family escaped.

The mother and youngest son were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for their injuries. The mother suffered burns to her upper back, neck and head, while the youngest son is believed to have suffered a broken nose.

The other members of the family suffered cuts and bruises, and rode with the other family members to the hospital.

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