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Police Search for Flight Student Ejected from Plane over Chattanooga

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Authorities in southeast Tennessee are looking for a man who was ejected from an experimental aircraft while he was learning how to fly. 

The unidentified man did not have his seatbelt fastened when the canopy of the plane flew off, and he ended up geting thrown out over the East Brainerd and Apison area. Lowell Sterchi, an employee of the Collegedale Municipal Airport, said the canopy of the Zodiac 601 aircraft came off at about 2,500 feet.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, police in Collegedale and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Officers are searching the ground for the student.

They hope to use a GPS signal from the man’s phone, which was in his possession during the flight, to find him in the nearby fields or woods.

Sterchi would not disclose the name of the instructor or student. He did say the pilot was unharmed and was able to land with pane, but was very shaken.

He also said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified on the incident.

Sources: Fox NewsChattanooga Times Free Press

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