Small plane makes emergency landing in Knox County

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Knox County Tuesday afternoon.

The plane landed in the 7900 block of Washington Pike in Corryton around 4:45 p.m.

Rural/Metro officials say the plane, carrying a pilot and student, had just taken off from Downtown Island Home Airport. Neither were injured.

Pilot Bobby Gintz says they were flying at about 4,000 feet and practicing maneuvers when they had an engine failure. They had only five minutes to find a place to land.

The Piper PA-28 aircraft is registered to Knoxville Flyers, Inc, according to the FAA. Officials say the plane will need some work, but will fly again.

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