Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Plane Crash in Cherokee County Injures Two

August 15, 2017

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a plane crash this afternoon, at approximately 4:40, on Runway 5 at the Cherokee County Airport located off Interstate 575 between Canton and Ball Ground.

Cherokee County firefighters arrived on the scene to find two people that had gotten out of the Piper Cherokee 140 Airplane. According to reports, the plane contained a male flight instructor, who was in his early 60s and a male student, who appeared to be about 50 years in age. The flight student had gotten the plane about 200 feet into the air and lost power. It was at that time that the instructor took the controls to return back to the runway. Unfortunately, the plane missed the runway and went down a 50 foot embankment before crashing into a fence. After the instructor and the student escaped, the plane caught fire and it was later extinguished by Cherokee County firefighter.

Cherokee County firefighters reported that both suffered bumps and bruises and were later transported to Marietta’s Kennestone Hospital. Special Operations Chief, Darrell Mitchell reported that both of the plane’s occupants were conscious and alert and appeared to be in stable condition.

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The plane missed the runway, went down an embankment and crashed into a fence.
The plane missed the runway, went down an embankment and crashed into a fence. (click image for slideshow)
A flight instructor and a student were inside the plane when it crashed.
A flight instructor and a student were inside the plane when it crashed.
The plane crash happened around 4:40 this afternoon.
The plane crash happened around 4:40 this afternoon.
After the occupants got out of the plane, it caught fire and Cherokee County firefighters were able to extinguish it.
After the occupants got out of the plane, it caught fire and Cherokee County firefighters were able to extinguish it.