Plane crash left pilot hanging 30 feet in the air

The plane crashed 60 feet from the ground into some trees. (Credit: Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office)
The plane crashed 60 feet from the ground into some trees. (Credit: Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office)

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident in which a plane ended up in a tree after an engine cut off in midair this week.

According to an incident report, student pilot Taylor Jenkins crashed into trees Monday in Oglethorpe County after his plane’s engine cut off not long after he’d taken off from a private runway on his property.

The plane crashed about 60 feet in the air, according to the report, but Jenkins managed to get out of the plane and climb 30 feet down before authorities came to save him. He was not injured in the accident.

Jenkins said he tried to glide the plane down safely, but was unsuccessful.

The plane, which belonged to another pilot, was not up to date on its registration or annual maintenance.

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