AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — After several hours, Highland Avenue is clear, and the plane was lifted back onto Daniel Field from the crash site. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the aircraft to crash.
Around 2:15 PM, The Augusta Fire Department responded to a single pilot plane crash. The fire department spokesman, Jason DeHart, says the pilot was trying to land the plane on the runway but could not stop and went through the airport’s fence. The aircraft continued to Highland Avenue and finally came to a stop at a carport. A witness describes what he saw before the plane went down.
“I was coming from my neighborhood, and I could witness and hear a plane above me,” explained Richard Stephens. “It was coming in low and fast. From where I was, I could see above the Jaguar Stadium, and I saw him turn coming in, but he was slanted a bit. He was coming over this tree line right above hill coming from the golf course.”
Augusta Aviation issued a statement saying —- “The aircraft (was) landing on Runway 11 and for unknown reasons, was unable to stop after touching down on the runway.”
Stephens says the engine did not sound normal.
“It was louder than usual, and I’m near an airport, you hear planes all of the time,” described Stephens. “It was loud, so I figured it was low.”
FlightAware reports that the aircraft was coming from Augusta Regional to Daniel Field, about an 8-minute flight.
The pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. After attending to the pilot, authorities turned their attention to getting the plane carrying 200 gallons of fuel, back onto Daniel Field to avoid a fire.
“My wishes go out to the pilot, and I hope he is doing alright,” said Stephens. “To his family, my praises go to you all.”
The pilot was the only person on board. No one driving on the highland avenue was injured. The NSTB is leading this investigation.
UPDATE – The tail number listed on the plane is N60SH. According to Flight Aware, the aircraft, a Beechcraft Baron, took off from Augusta Regional Airport at 2:02 p.m. It landed at Daniel Field at 2:10 p.m. The website also lists the registered owner as Eagle Parts & Products Inc. The FAA website does too, showing the plane as MFR 1980 and listing the business’ location at 1411 Marvin Griffin Road, Augusta. A search of the business on the Georgia Corporations Division website reports the registered agent is Frank Dolan.
UPDATE – The Augusta Fire Department reports via Twitter that the pilot was conscious and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. Sunday when the plane was landing and not able to stop. It rolled through the wire fence and across Highland Avenue, which is now shut down and will be until 5:00 p.m. NTSB is leading the investigation.
AFD spokesman Jason DeHart said the single-pilot plane was carrying 200 gallons of fuel, so the focus is now on getting the plane onto Daniel Field to avoid a fire.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A plane ran off the runway and crashed into a fence at Daniel Field Airport, near Highland Avenue and Wrightsboro Road.
The Augusta Fire Department reports Highland Avenue is being shut down. NTSB is being called to investigate.
There is no word on injuries, but a witness tells NewsChannel 6 the pilot was taken to the emergency room.
Augusta Aviation sent the following message:
An aircraft landing on runway 11 (from the West), for unknown reasons, was unable to stop after touching down on the runway. The aircraft penetrated the airport perimeter fence, crossed Highland Ave., and came to a rest on City property east of Daniel Field.
The NTSB has been notified and will begin an investigation into the cause of the incident. The pilot was the only soul on board and received minor injuries. He was transferred to the hospital for observation. We are unable to release the name of the pilot at this time. The NTSB has given airport management permission to move the aircraft onto Daniel Field.
We have a crew at the scene. Count on NewsChannel 6 for more information on this story.