Old crash sends deputies scrambling

February 21, 2013 10:04:23 AM

Sarah Fowler - sfowler@cdispatch.com

 

An "old" crash created a new buzz Wednesday in Monroe County. 

 

Confusion over wreckage seen from the air had law enforcement looking for a plane crash Wednesday morning.  

 

A pilot was flying over the Tronox plant in Monroe County when he saw wreckage of a plane crash near the Tenn Tom Waterway. 

 

Deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department flocked to the area, looking for what they believed to be a downed plane from Columbus Air Force Base.  

 

CAFB officials quickly confirmed that the plane was not theirs and after further research, it was concluded the wreckage was from an old plane crash.  

 

Monroe County E-911 Director Bunky Goza said the crash occurred on Feb.17.  

 

A man wandered into a restaurant in Lackey and told the restaurant owner that he had just crashed his plane.  

 

The pilot was the only occupant of the single engine Super Cub and was unharmed in the crash.  

 

Goza said the plane landed upside down in a slough on land owned by the Corps of Engineers.  

 

Since the plane landed in such a remote area, local and federal agencies are working together to build a roadway to get to the wreckage.  

 

The crash is still under investigation.

Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter @FowlerSarah