Reuters reported late on Saturday, March 30, 2013, that the body of a pilot ripped from a small training plane was found in a tree-line not far from a roadway in Tennessee. The pilot was a student on a training flight as the canopy ripped off and he was thrown from the plan since he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
SEE: Man thrown from plane on training session in Tennessee
The victim has not been identified at this time. He fell 2,500 feet to his death during the flight on Friday, March 29, 2013, per WRCB-TV.
“The people inside the plane were not wearing seat belts,” Bradley County interim fire chief Troy Spence told WRCB-TV. “So when they lost control of the plane, in an attempt to regain control of the plane, the passenger was ejected.”
Spence said the flying instructor apparently had a malfunction of some sort with the Zodiac 601 and it “had a rapid descent.”
Lowell Sterchi, an employee at the Collegedale Municipal Airport, said that man was being trained by an instructor in his Zodiac 601 aircraft. Once it hit 2,500 feet, the canopy of the plane just came off.
Authorities were able to close in on the likely location where the body of the pilot was found by using GPS coordinates. They also used the pings from cellphones the victim had on him at the time, said Sterchi.
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