Plane with engine trouble deploys parachute and crashes into trees, SC officials say

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A small airplane that was having engine trouble crashed into trees in South Carolina on Sunday, officials said.

The Wade Hampton Fire Department in Greenville told FOX Carolina that the pilot was headed to the Greenville Downtown Airport when the plane started having oil pressure problems.

The pilot told WYFF that he called the airport and was cleared to land but knew he couldn’t make it. So he deployed the plane’s parachute to slow it down and landed in the trees behind a home, WYFF reported.

Only the pilot was aboard the plane, which is a “single-engine Composite Technology Light Sport,” the Federal Aviation Administration told McClatchy News.

The area where the plane landed was off Wade Hampton Boulevard, near the corner of Highview Drive and Mesa Drive, according to WSPA.

The pilot was not seriously hurt in the crash and was not transported to a hospital, FOX Carolina reported. He was able to climb out of the crashed plane with “just some scratches,” according to WYFF.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

No other information about the crash was available as of Sunday afternoon.

Greenville is in Upstate South Carolina, about 100 miles from Columbia.

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