Plane lands on Scenic Highway
A home-crafted plane made an emergency landing on the Scenic Highway Tuesday evening.
According to Office of Emergency Management Director Melvin Martin, neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.
The West Virginia State Police's media release said that the plane experienced "mechanical difficulties," according to the pilot, who said the engine was misfiring and losing power. The wing of the plane struck a signpost, the release said.
Dwayne McCourt, 48, of Webster Springs, the pilot, and his son, Adam McCourt, 27, the passenger, took off from a private airstrip in Upper Glade about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday. The plane was a single engine 2001 Bearhawk.
The pilot and son's flight was intended to be dual purpose.
"My son and I were looking for an older crash site my wife and I discovered and we were also looking for signs of the missing hiker," said McCourt, "It's more visible now with the leaves off the trees."
Neither man sought medical attention.
The hiker McCourt referred to is retired Army Colonel Michael Camilletti, 56, of Standardsville, Virginia, believed to have entered the Cranberry Wilderness May 23. Crews searched for several days for signs of Camilletti, but to no avail.
Cranberry Wilderness is 47,815 acres with elevations from 2,400-4,456 feet.
The NTSB will investigate the accident, but has not yet arrived on the scene.