UPDATE: NTSB releases preliminary report on Sequatchie County plane crash
UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released their preliminary report on the July, 2019 plane crash in Sequatchie County.
The pilot, identified as Canadian Murray Alan Marien of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was transported to a local hospital after the crash.
The NTSB's preliminary report explains that Marien's Fred Burr Glasair II FT 'experimental amateur-built airplane' had a complete loss of engine power and made an 'emergency off-airport landing about 30 miles northwest of Sequatchie, Tennessee.'
The pilot (Marien) sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage, according to the report.
The flight originated from Cleveland, TN. The plane suffered an electrical system failure, followed by a complete loss of engine power.
Marien told investigators he went through the airplane's checklists and systems but was unable to restore engine power.
He attempted to glide to a nearby airstrip but was unable and selected a field for an emergency landing.
During the approach to the off-airport field, the airspeed dropped, and the airplane stalled prior to touchdown, with the airplane landing hard, bouncing, and the nosing over.
The report also states that the NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.
PREVIOUS STORY: The pilot in Wednesday evenings small plane crash has been identified as Murray Alan Marien of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada.
Marien's family released a statement Thursday:
As we reflect on the recent events from yesterday and focus on Murray’s recovery, we would like to thank all the members of the first responder agencies who assisted with locating and treating Murray after the plane crash. From the United States Air Force identifying the crash site from the coordinates of the emergency transmitter beacon and notifying the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department to search the area to LIFE FORCE and Erlanger staff for stabilizing and treating Murray’s injuries. We are so grateful for the immediate response from all those involved and for the area residents keeping him in their thoughts and prayers.
Marien is said to be in fair condition in a local hospital.
As for how first responders found the aircraft Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger said they got a call from the US Military.
"We got a phone call from the United States Military that they had intercepted an emergency beacon and gave us a GPS coordinate,” said Swanger.
Marien was alert and conscious when they responded to the crash and tried to give them an idea of what happened.
"His words to us were that he had lost all power and that basically he was trying to look for a place to land and try to set it down, and I mean as you can see we're standing in a cow pasture here that's not level, and he actually flipped the plane several times," said Swanger.
The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office is investigating a plane crash on Cagle Mountain Wednesday evening.
Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger tells Channel 3, the plane crashed in a cow pasture at the end of White Oak Swamp Road.
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the pilot was the only person on board the Glasair II aircraft.
Sheriff Swanger says the pilot is from Canada and was flying back from Georgia.
Sheriff Swanger says the pilot stopped for fuel at the Cleveland airport and said he was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, due to engine failure shortly after takeoff.
The sheriff says the plane flipped several times.
The pilot, whose name has not been released, was flown to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is unknown at this time.
The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the crash.
The FAA is expected to start its investigation on Thursday.
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