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First video from Holston Mountain plane crash site

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Mangled wreckage litters the forest floor on Holston Mountain where the Cessna crashed Tuesday night. Mangled wreckage litters the forest floor on Holston Mountain where the Cessna crashed Tuesday night.
The plane that crashed, seen in this photo, had a tail number N46603 and was registered to a private airport in Ohio. The plane that crashed, seen in this photo, had a tail number N46603 and was registered to a private airport in Ohio.
CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Mangled scraps of metal litter the trees and forest floor of Cannon Place Gap, a remote section of Holston Mountain in Carter County.

It's where a plane carrying three people on a trip from South Carolina to Ohio crashed Tuesday night.

The day after an extremely difficult rescue effort, Carter County crews returned to the crash site and allowed News Channel 11's Mike Lamia to travel with them.  ATV's were required to get to the site, a cove in the forest two miles off Bernie Lewis Road.

Early Wednesday, rescue crews spent hours reaching, treating, and evacuating Andrea Denning, her 15-year-old son, and the pilot Scott Miller.  All three were taken for treatment to a local hospital.

Below is an earlier report on the crash.



The names and conditions of the three people reported to be inside an aircraft that crashed Tuesday night in Carter County have been released.

The plane reportedly crashed at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, near the Carter and Sullivan county line. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the actual crash site was at Canon Place Gap, above Bernie Lewis Road in Carter County, which was reported to be around 3,000 feet above sea level.

Mathes said the plane carried two passengers – Andrea Denning and her 15-year-old son from Dalton, Ohio -- and the pilot, Scott Miller of Orrville, Ohio.

All three passengers were taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment following the crash, but all were reported to be in stable condition Wednesday morning.

Mathes said in a press conference Wednesday that the plane, which left Charleston, S.C., was running low on fuel and stopped at the Mountain City airport. The plane did not get fuel. The plane then flew on to Elizabethton and refueled.

According to Mathes, the plane took off and was unable to get over the mountain, clipped a tree and tumbled down to the ground.

The pilot was reportedly licensed, but had minimal experience, according to Mathes.

The 15-year-old reportedly called 911 after the crash and Wings Air Rescue crews were able to locate the crash victims because of the light on his phone.

The teenager was reportedly removed from the crash site by rescuers around 1:30 a.m. and was able to walk to an ambulance to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

Mathes said the first team of rescue workers reached the crash victims Tuesday night and administered first aid, while a second team was cutting a two-mile path through dense forest to get to the crash site.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service conducted the plane crash rescue.

Around 1:25 a.m., Carter County 911 emergency communications dispatchers issued a call for “any and all” available rescue personnel in the county to report to Unaka High School to be back-up support for the rescue effort.

According to a spokesperson for the FAA, the plane was a Cessna 172K, registered to Skypark, Inc. in Wadsworth, Ohio.

According to FlightAware.com, the plane was built in 1968.

Timeline of the crash:

3:30- 4:15 a.m.- Two people were taken to Johnson City Medical Center and were reported to both be in critical condition.

5 a.m.- The command post at Unaka High School was taken down.

5:10 a.m.- Sheriff Mathes told New Channel 11’s Anna Zook that cell phone service at ATV may have saved lives.

6:10 a.m.- News Channel 11’s Lauren Haviland reported that all victims in the crash were listed in stable condition.

Plane crashes in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been reported over the last two years.

In July, a small plane carrying two people crash landed just off Oakland Road in Limestone. The pilot, 71-year-old James Leroy Braddock and a passenger were the only ones on board when the plane went down.

In Greene County in October 2012, a plane, piloted by Jack Cooper, went down near Hensley Airpark in Chuckey. Cooper and his passenger, Mark Bravo, were reportedly injured in the crash.

In August 2012, a Food City helicopter carrying passengers from Bristol Motor Speedway to a private home in the area, reportedly crashed in South Holston Lake in Washington County, Va. The pilot of the helicopter, Bill Starnes, 64, of Blountville, died in the crash.

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