Plane crashes near Polk County line

Published 1:19 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Four passengers taken to Mission with minor injuries

RUTHERFORD COUNTY—A small plane crashed along Polk County Line Road in Rutherford County Sunday afternoon and all four passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Polk County emergency crews were along with Rutherford County responded to the scene. 

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Rutherford County Director of Emergency Management Frankie Hamrick said the crash happened around 5 p.m. Sunday and all four people on board the plane, including an adult pilot and three juveniles were taken to Mission Hospital with minor injuries. 

One of the victims was initially taken to St. Luke’s Hospital but was later transferred to Mission Hospital. 

Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge said Monday morning that the crash was very close to the Polk County line so emergency crews from Polk County responded. He said the crash occurred off Polk County Line Road with the Polk County line being on the left of the crash and Rutherford County line on the right. Arledge said the plane was a 4-seater, small plane that crashed into trees about a mile into the woods. He said there was not a lot of damage to the plane and UTVs carried the passengers out, which included three juveniles under the age of 16 and an adult pilot. The Sunny View and Mill Spring Fire Departments responded, as well as the Polk County Rescue Squad, Polk County EMS and the Polk County Emergency Management Department. 

Arledge also said the Federal Aviation Administration was on scene Monday to investigate the cause of the crash and determine how to extricate the plane. 

The plane had flown out of Hendersonville Airport and was doing a demonstration flight, according to local officials. 

Area residents saw the plan spiral down into the woods and rushed to the scene.