Pilot, passenger unharmed in plane crash

Aircraft left from St. Augustine, crashed on final approach at Georgia airport

File photo of a Piper Archer

THOMPSON, Ga. – A pilot and passenger out of St. Augustine were unharmed in an emergency landing at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, according to a report from WRDW/WAGT in Augusta, Georgia.

At around 6:30 p.m. Friday, McDuffie County officials responded to a single-engine plane crash at the regional airport.

The Piper Archer was flying low on its final approach to the runway when it ran out of fuel, officials said.

During the final approach, the pilot struck the instrument landing system (ILS) at the end of the runway. The ILS system is used to help pilots land when visibility is low.

According to the report, both of the airplane’s wings and landing gear broke off during impact, and there was extensive damage to its exterior.

The fuselage of the airplane remained intact, with only minimal damage to its front.

The pilot and the passenger were evaluated at the scene and released without injuries.