Florida pilot rescued after plane dangles from power lines in Waycross

FAA said plane was experimental, built from a kit

FAA said plane was experimental, built from a kit

WARE COUNTY, Ga. – A small plane being flown from Florida nearly crashed to the ground Thursday morning but was caught in power lines in Waycross.

The man flying the aircraft was stuck dangling in the air for about two hours while crews worked to get him out.

The plane was wedged in the power lines and caused a pole supporting the lines to lean over.

His flight path showed he was coming from Ormond Beach and planned to land at the Waycross Airport, about five minutes from where the crash happened.

But something happened in the air and the plane got caught in the power lines.

Georgia Power crews used excavators to help stabilize the plane and then used a bucket truck to lift up a crew member to the pilot, wrap a brace around him and pull him out.

The Ware County EMA director said the pilot had a cut to his forehead but was alert.

FAA said plane was experimental, built from a kit.

Massive power outages were reported across the county. That’s what brought out one woman who lives nearby. She recorded his rescue.

“You could see him trying to hold his body up because he’s been there a couple hours I know You can tell he was tired and exhausted and I just kept praying God give him the strength to make it out of there,” said Sharon Oglesby.

The cause of the crash is unknown but his flight plan shows he made a loop in the sky before he went down.

The FAA has been notified and they say the NTSB will lead the investigation.

Plane crash in Ware County

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