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Small plane crashes near Collegedale airport Monday afternoon; pilot uninjured

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Plane crashes near Collegedale airport 10.12.2020. (Image: WTVC)

Firefighters and rescue teams responded to the scene of a plane crash that happened near Collegedale airport Monday afternoon.

Hamilton County Emergency Management spokeswoman Amy Maxwell says the pilot, a 59-year-old man, told them his engine had stopped working just after he had taken off from the airport.

The plane crashed in a field near the airport, coming to a rest in the woodline.

Maxwell says the man was able to get out uninjured. He was the only person on board.

NewsChannel 9's Brian Smith spoke with the pilot, who told us he's been flying for more than 40 years, and that this was his first crash in all of that time.

He says he was test flying the 20-year-old plane when the engine quit, and the plane fell 1,000 feet.

The pilot did not want to go on camera, but did say, "Give credit to God, I pray before every flight."

Tri-Community volunteer firefighters, Collegedale Police, and others responded to the crash. The FAA and NTSB have been called to investigate.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.