Authorities Searching For Man Thrown From Plane Over Tennessee

Authorities are searching for a man who was ejected from his seat while learning to pilot a plane over East Brainerd, Tenn.

The Chattanooga Free Times Press reports:

The owner/trainee was flying his Zodiac 601 experimental aircraft (similar to plane pictured above) at about 2,500 feet when the canopy came off, Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi said. The pilot’s seat belt wasn’t fastened and he was thrown from the craft somewhere over the East Brainerd/Apison area.

Sterchi would not give the pilot’s nor the instructor’s names. He said the instructor landed the plane. He was physically unhurt but badly shaken.

Collegedale police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are searching the ground. The pilot had his own and the instructor’s cellphones and those are being pinged in hopes of locating the body, Sterchi said.

Photo Credit: Zenith Air

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