Teen survivor talks about Burke Co. plane crash

Published: Jan. 7, 2015 at 10:29 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2015 at 10:29 PM EST
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BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A teenager from North Carolina is speaking out after he survived a plane crash in Long View Tuesday afternoon where three other people, including the pilot, were injured.

Nineteen-year-old Brian Teague was back out at the crash site Wednesday morning with a bandage on his nose and a limp in his step.

"Its just kind of a miracle that everyone made it out alive," he said while looking at the area.

Teague was headed to Spartanburg with three other people from the Hickory Regional Airport when the plane ran into issues.

"We got about 300 feet off the ground and the engine just gave out and there was not place to go," he said.

According to Teague, the pilot, Jayson Jarvis did "everything perfectly." He even credits Jarvis for saving their lives.

"If it wasn't for him we probably wouldn't be here today," he said.

Teague says Jarvis was able to control the airplane once the engine failed and was able to maneuver the plane away from nearby homes.

He says everyone on the plane remained calm during the incident.

"There's not much you can do at that point," Teague said. "We were just all told to brace."

Since the plane was so low to the ground, he said it only took second to hit the ground.

"It happened so fast. but at the same time it was such a slow descent. It felt like it took forever to get from here to the crash site," he said. "It was just a very abrupt impact and there wasn't a whole lot [of time] to think about anything. I mean, of course you think about your family and what could happen, but it didn't. And he did a good job of putting it where he did."

Jarvis was seriously injured in the crash and was later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.

Teague says another passenger in the plane was able to pull him and another person on board out of the plane. People from nearby homes came out to the crash to help the men.

"It hasn't really changed my perspective on what I want to do with my life. I really enjoy [flying]," he said. "It is a freak accident. Anything can happen at any time. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. I'm going to keep flying."

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