Thursday, June 25, 2009
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PORTERDALE - A single-engine Cessna 205 went down on an undeveloped tract of land just southeast of Porterdale on Wednesday afternoon, injuring both the pilot and passenger on board.
Porterdale Police Department Chief Wayne Digby said both men were conscious and alert following the crash and were transported by Newton County EMS to Newton Medical Center. Digby said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He said names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of family members.
Digby said one of the men aboard the plane called in the incident to Newton County 911 at 2:33 p.m. after the plane went down. Digby said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were heading to the crash site Wednesday and would conduct an investigation of the incident.
"The pilot reported that the engine started failing," Digby said. "We won't know why until the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board."
The two men were en route to DeKalb Peachtree Airport from Virginia to have some equipment on board repaired, Digby said. Their ultimate destination was a camping trip in Alaska, he said.
The plane went down on a large, cleared tract of land known as the Whitehorse property. The acreage was annexed into Porterdale several years ago for residential and commercial development. Emergency personnel originally tried to reach the crash site via River Front Road in Porterdale but were not successful, Digby said. Access to the site was gained via a rough-cut construction road off Covington Bypass just across from Middle Ridge Elementary School.