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UPDATE: Plane crash lands in Hiwassee River, pilot okay

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MEIGS COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- A pilot escaped injury when his plane went down in the Hiwassee River Sunday afternoon. It happened in Meigs County around 4:30 p.m. near Highway 60.

Meigs County officials say the pilot of the two-seater plane had mechanical difficulties and lost power.

He was able to put the plane down in shallow water and a boater took him to shore.

"Anytime you take an aircraft down, I think it's very fortunate to have any survivors landing in the water," said Tony Finnell, Meigs County Emergency Services Director. "Of course, I'm not a pilot but undoubtedly he did a great job."

The pilot, who was unhurt in the crash landing, has been identified as Andy Montgomery of Rhea County.

A recovery vessel is expected to come sometime Monday to get the plane out of the water.

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