Body Of Man Who Fell From Plane Found

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 31, 2013)--Searchers in Tennessee have found the body of a man who was thrown from an experimental aircraft while an instructor was teaching him to fly the plane.

Search crews found the student pilot’s body at around 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Bradley County Interim Fire Chief Troy Spence said.

He declined to release the man's name.

Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the man was being trained by an instructor in his Zodiac 601 aircraft on Friday when the canopy came off.

The instructor also was not identified.

The man's seat belt was not fastened and he was thrown out of the plane.

Sterchi said the instructor landed the plane and was not physically hurt.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.


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