Jan 30, 2011 11:08 AM by James H Egbert
Cory Stark, Director, Elbert County Emergency Management has just confirmed with News First 5 that at approximately 6am Sunday, a local pilot leaving Centennial Airport ran into trouble in Elbert County and deployed his parachute emergency system to land his plane in a creek bed in Elbert County. The Pilot was the only passenger on board and is uninjured.
Residents on County Road 53 in Elbert County heard an airplane and then a crash south of their home and dialed 911. Deputies from the Elbert County Sheriffs Office, Rattlesnake Fire and Kiowa Fire Department crews began rescue efforts. The pilot called 911 and was able to assist in reporting his latitude ad longitude to 911 dispatchers. Crews in the area used sirens to help pilot guide them to where he was via dispatchers.
Crews did find pilot around 6:45 am and was reported to be uninjured. Centennial airport, FAA and NTSB have been advised of the crash. The aircraft is Cirrus SR 20S with parachute emergency system as pictured here.
The pilot reported no explosion or fire but says the aircraft is a total loss.