BURNSVILLE, N.C. (WYFF) - Federal officials have located a crashed plane in the mountains of Western North Carolina on Thursday, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials.
According to an FAA spokesperson, the Cirrus SR22 aircraft was found on a ridge on Mount Mitchell and its parachute helped it crash-land.
The two people on board were shaken but walking around after the crash and one of them was taken to the hospital to be checked out, according to Yancey County emergency officials.
The crash site was about half a mile off Mount Mitchell State Park property on the west side of the Black Mountain Range, emergency officials said. Had the plane come down just a foot or two over from where it landed, the situation could have had a very different ending, officials said.
The FAA issued an alert notice about the aircraft after a pilot reported weather-related problems. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the flight shortly before 1 p.m., the FAA said.
The FAA said the plane departed from the Donaldson Center Airport in Greenville, South Carolina, and it was headed to the Medina Municipal Airport in Ohio.
According to the FAA, local officials will release the names of the people on board.