Search Underway For Man Who Fell From Plane

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 30, 2013)--Authorities in southeastern Tennessee were searching for a man who was thrown from an experimental aircraft while learning to fly from an instructor.

Police in Collegedale, Tenn., and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were searching the ground Friday for the man, who has not been identified.

Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi said an instructor was training the man to fly the Zodiac 601 aircraft, which was at an altitude of about 2,500 feet when the canopy came off.

The man's seat belt was not fastened and he was thrown out from the plane over the East Brainerd and Apison areas of the county.

Sterchi said the instructor, who Sterchi would not identify, landed the plane and was not physically hurt.

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

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