Plane Crash in Kemper County

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

A plane crash in Kemper County has left one man, believed to the only passenger, dead. It happened around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

The plane went down about a mile north of DeKalb. It took about 45 minutes before first responders were able to get to the small aircraft.

"We found that it was on fire. By the time we got over to the plane, we found that it was totally burned," said Kemper County Sheriff Sam Tisdale.

And at the crash site, they found a burned body still inside the airplane. The plane was about a quarter of a mile from the nearest road. Sheriff Tisdale says that being so far into the woods delayed getting help to the victim.

"We got guys with four-wheelers and tried to get in and we couldn't make it that way, so we had to get a guy with a bulldozer to push us a road into the crash site and that way we were able to get it in and get the body out," said Tisdale.

Several small areas around the wreckage are still on fire. The bulldozed road in is not suitable for a fire truck. In fact, when Sheriff Tisdale took me to the crash site, the four wheel drive utility vehicle we were riding in got stuck. For that reason, Tisdale says the fires, which are contained, will be allowed to just burn out.

Sunday night the victim remained unidentified. The Kemper County Coroner's Office does not believe the pilot was from our viewing area. They expect a positive identification early next week.


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