Man Thrown From Plane: Body Missing After 2,500 Foot Fall

By Staff Reporter on March 30, 2013 8:39 AM EDT

Zodiac 601
Zodiac 601 (Photo: Creative Commons)

A man was thrown from a plane over the southeastern region of Tenessee. Police in Collegedale and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office have been searching for the victims body overnight since Friday but have yet to find him.

According to authorities, the man was a pilot learning to fly a Zodiac 601 experimental aircraft with an instructor.

Reports claim the 2-seater plane went into an out-of-control nosedive. Despite the instructor's successful efforts to regain control of the aircraft, the student pilot was ejected without a parachute. The incident occurred some 2,500 feet over the ground. The instructor managed to land the plane at Collegedale Municipal Airport, 8 miles away from where the student instructor was ejected.

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"The people inside the plane were not wearing seat belts," said EMA director Troy Spence. "So when they lost control of the plane, in an attempt to regain control of the plane, the passenger was ejected."

"Had some kind of malfunction with the plane and had a rapid decent."

Despite the instructor's successful efforts to regain control and safely land at the Collegedale Municipal Airport, about eight miles from where his co-pilot likely fell.

Officials are working to notify his family members before releasing his name.

The FAA and NTSB have also been notified of the incident. Investigators will arrive this weekend to learn more and hopefully understand the cause of the accident.

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