Investigation Continues into Cause of Emergency Plane Landing in Commerce

15 April 2014

A small plane made an emergency landing Sunday morning in Commerce on Highway 441. The plane remained on the side of the road Monday awaiting inspection to determine the cause of the unexpected landing. The plane was a single engine Cessna and none of the four passengers aboard the plane were injured, officials said.

Aboard the plane was two adults and two children coming from a Boy Scout event in Charleston, S.C. On Monday, an employee with the National Transportation Safety Board stated that there was no update on the investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene on Sunday.

“The aircraft is still on the side of the road,” said Kathleen Bergen with FAA Communications early Monday afternoon. “We expect it to be moved to a nearby airport later today for further inspection.”

According to the FAA registry, the plane is owned by Donald S. Moffett of Cumming. However, efforts to reach Moffett were unsuccessful. The pilot decided to make the emergency landing at about 11 a.m. when the plane was experiencing engine problems and it appeared it would not make it to the planned destination at Jackson County Airport.

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