Plane Crashes in Effingham County - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/18/04

Plane Crashes in Effingham County

 

A small plane has crashed near Eden in Effingham County, Georgia. The pilot, William Glenn, survived the wreck and was taken to the hospital. He's currently listed in stable condition at Memorial Health.

He had just put a brand new engine in his 1967 Cessna 182, and a few seconds after taking off just before 3pm today, he encountered some engine problems. He circled back around and the plane clipped some trees. It nose-dived into the ground and bounced, ending up upside down.

Howard Drexel was in his plane right behind Glenn. "When he got to about 800 feet, he said, 'My engine's cutting out on me,'" Drexel said.

Drexel says Glenn was a good pilot and this was his first accident after years of flying. He says this crash won't stop either from flying again. "No, these things just happen," Drexel told us. "It's just like a car wreck, you know. We all get back in the car even though we've seen a terrible wreck."

We've been told Glenn suffered some skull lacerations.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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