Sevier County officials as well as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating a small aircraft crash that occurred in Sevier County Wednesday afternoon.
The FAA released the following statement at 8 p.m. Wednesday:
A Bearhawk aircraft skidded into a creek after crashing in a field in Sevier County in Tennessee about 4:50 p.m. today. Check with local authorities for information about the condition of the pilot, the only person on board the aircraft. The FAA will investigate.
A small aircraft that crashed in the Pittman Center community originated from Jonesborough, according to Sevier County officials.
Officials also saying the plane was a “homemade, experimental aircraft.”
Bearhawk Aircraft, developed by Robert Barrows, is a company that offers kits and plans for users to build their own amateur aircraft. The FAA did not specify which kind of Bearhawk aircraft that crashed in Sevier County.
The aircraft crashed in a field off Leatherwood Lane in Sevier County. The pilot, who was the only passenger in the aircraft, told investigators the aircraft had lost power.
Sevier County dispatch officials had earlier confirmed a report of a plane crash on Leatherwood Lane and Jayell Road in Pittman Center community just after 5 p.m. with WATE 6 On Your Side.
Dispatch saying the call came in at 4:41 p.m. The crash occurred just after 4 p.m.
The pilot was not injured in the crash.
The Sevier County Fire Department later posting to its Facebook page thanking all the first responders and units that responded to the scene.