Author: W Beddard

Small Aircraft made an Emergency Landing at Turkey Run Landfill


photo of airplane that made emergency landing turkey run landfill, july 22, 2016“On July 22, 2016 around 10:45 am emergency personnel to include our patrol deputies, Fire and EMS Units from Meriwether and Troup County through mutual aid responded to the 7000 block of Lone Oak Road, Hogansville, Ga., Turkey Run Landfill, in regard to a small plane that made an emergency landing. Upon emergency personnel arriving on the scene they discovered a 1960’s model Cessna Airplane which was approximately 100 yards up the hillside of the landfill berm. The plane had its propeller and part of the front end buried in the berm along with the landing gear torn off from underneath the aircraft. While fire units tended to the two passengers that had been onboard the aircraft our personnel along with additional fire units secured the aircraft to prevent it from sliding off of the hillside of the berm. Our patrol supervisor then spoke with the pilot of the aircraft. The male pilot informed us that he and his female passenger had left the Cairo, Ga. Airport earlier that morning and were en-route to an airport in Chattanooga Tn. They were reportedly headed there for a family gathering. During the flight the pilot stated that he ran out of fuel causing the motor to stop forcing him to make an emergency landing. The pilot stated that once he got the aircraft on the ground he noticed that the gas cap on his left wing was missing. The pilot stated that the gas cap may have not been secured properly after he fueled the airplane before taking off from the Cairo Airport. The male pilot and his female passenger were transported by EMS to a Columbus Area Hospital for medical evaluation. At the time of contact with the occupants of the plane only the pilot had a minor visible injury. We made contact with the FAA by phone and provided them with the pertinent information related to this incident. They informed us that they had all the necessary information that they needed related to the matter. The FAA point of contact advised that they would not have any of their personnel respond to the scene. Contact was then made with the site supervisor with the Turkey Run Landfill and he advised that the plane could be left on their property until the owner could make arrangements for the plane to be removed. Turkey Run personnel also used one of their excavators to get the airplane off of the hillside and secured it on level ground. The pilot informed our personnel the following date that he had made arrangements for the plane to be removed from the location. The pilot and the passenger are very fortunate that no serious injury occurred in this emergency landing. The pilot did a good job of landing the plane based on what I saw at the scene due to the slant of the berm. All emergency services did a very good job in this incident as well as personnel of Turkey Run who helped get this plane properly secured off of the berm.” Sheriff Chuck Smith sai