3 survive after small plane nosedives into Union County backyard

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Three people are expected to be OK after their plane nosedived and crashed into the backyard of a Union County home on Monday afternoon, deputies said.

Authorities said the plane, which was being used in a JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Service) mission camp, went down around 1:45 p.m. in the backyard along Radin Road, about 6 miles from the South Carolina border.

When emergency crews arrived at the crash site, deputies found a single-engine plane that had nosedived into the trees.

A pilot and two passengers were in the plane when it went down. The passengers were taken to the hospital but are expected to be OK.

The pilot was not hurt.

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Posted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Monroe, NC on Monday, August 2, 2021

Deputies believe the plane had mechanical problems shortly after it took off from the JAARS-Townsend Airport in Waxhaw.

JAARS posted on Facebook that the plane, a Cessna 172, failed to gain altitude upon take-off and performed an emergency landing into a wooded area just beyond the end of the runway at the JAARS-Townsend Airport.

A JAARS pilot and two campers were on-board. The two campers were taken to the hospital but were released a short time later.

According to JAARS, the plane is owned by a local flying club who donated the flight time to the mission aviation camp.

The FAA is handling the investigation.

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