Pilot makes emergency landing near Upshur County Regional Airport

Local - 1/5/2014 8:11 PM

BUCKHANNON - Police reported no injuries in the emergency landing of a small airplane in Buckhannon forced to land when its gear failed.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Departments said the plane's pilot was preparing to land Saturday evening at the Upshur County Regional Airport when the engine failed. The pilot deployed the Cirrus SR 22's parachute system.

As the plane came down, it hit a truck on Brushy Fork Road. The pilot, identified as 30-year-old James Meadows of Tennessee, and the truck's driver, 42-year-old Billy King of Upshur County, escaped without injury.

"He had a split-second decision because of his altitude to deploy the parachute or try to make the runway, and he decided to deploy the parachute," Cpl Jason Queen said. "The aircraft landed here on the Brushy Fork Road close to the airport."


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