(Courtesy: Justin Garrett) Authorities say a pilot of a small plane was injured after a hard landing in South Knoxville Thursday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration's website, the aircraft is a single engine 35-C33A Beech plane.
Gene Clay saw the plane crash and rushed to pull the injured pilot from the wreckage.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An Anderson County man was injured in a small plane crash in South Knoxville Thursday.
Authorities say it happened along 5500 block of Martin Mill Pike around 6 p.m. Thursday.
The pilot has been identified as Quentin Elkins of Andersonville. Elkins told deputies he had just taken off from Island Home Airport when he suddenly lost power.
Authorities say he suffered various injures including a broken leg. Elkins was transported to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was the only one aboard the plane.
The plane is described as a fixed wing single engine 35-C33A Beechcraft.
The crash also damaged some nearby property and knocked some power lines down from one house.
6 News spoke with a man who saw the plane go down and managed to pull Elkins to safety.
"All of a sudden this plane hits the power lines and slams into the
ground in front of me," said Gene Clay. "And the gentleman in the white vehicle in front of
me stopped, and I stopped because of the wires. He said I'll call 911
and preceded to get the gentleman out of the plane to make sure he was
No one on the ground was injured.
Knoxville police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office are securing the area until National Transportation and Safety Board officers arrive to investigate.