Plane crashes into building outside Tenn. airport

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A plane crashed into a building at an airport in East Tennessee Thursday morning.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the plane crashed into a building at Sky Ranch Airport in Knoxville. Dispatchers received the call for the crash around 8:40 a.m.

KFD Chief Capt. D.J. Corcoran says the plane was on the ground at the time. The pilot ran into one of the hangars. Crews pulled the pilot out of the plane. The pilot was unsure on why he crashed. He only remembered landing the plane safely.

He was transported to UT Medical Center.

The pilot was steering a Grumman Yankee single-engine plane.

The airport is on 30 acres near Alcoa Highway. On the land is a clubhouse, two maintenance hangars and a gas pump. It is home to the East Tennessee Pilot’s Club.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Knoxville Police Department.

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