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Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation Rescues Crashed Airplane Pilot

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 12:25pm

CHATTANOOGA- On July 17, 2019, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Aviation Pilot Lieutenant Brad Lund received a call from the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in the search for a possible airplane crash.

Lieutenant Lund immediately flew his THP Jet Ranger Helicopter to Sequatchie County.  Once Lieutenant Lund arrived in the area, he conducted an aerial search for the crashed plane. An emergency locator transmitter beacon was detected. Shortly after, Lieutenant Lund located the crashed airplane.

As Lieutenant Lund assessed the crash site, he observed a man lying on his back next to the crashed plane. He appeared injured, but was still alive. Immediately Lieutenant Lund directed first responders to the crash scene. The pilot was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital. There were no other occupants on the airplane.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.