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Pilot Escapes Plane Crash

Rescue crews say the man piloting a plane that crashed in Greenville County helped save himself.

They say the pilot was alert after the plane crashed near the North Carolina, South Carolina line on Wednesday night. The pilot called 911 then used a whistle to let rescuers know where he was located in the woods.

The single-engine aircraft went down just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in a heavily wooded just over the state-line in the Greenville watershed. He was flying from Nashville, TN to the Greenville Downtown Airport. Then he flew into trouble.

He was flying what's known as a kit plane, a Rans S6S Coyote model. The FAA registry lists the builder and owner as Anderson Andreas of Van Nuys, California. But federal investigators are yet to confirm whether it was Andreas at the controls last night.

The Green River Rescue Squad lead the rescue effort. First responders from North and South Carolina assisted. The name of the pilot hasn't been released. The FAA is investigating.


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