Couple assists family in Sevier County plane crash

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Three people were taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after a plane crash in Sevier County.

According to authorities, five people were aboard when the plane crashed at 4875 Top Road. The call came in around 2:44 p.m.

Officials on scene tell Local 8 News the pilot of the plane lost contact with the airport within four minutes of take-off. They say there was a warning going off on the plane, and due to poor visibility, the plane crashed.

The passengers, a family of five, were able to make it out of the plane before it went up in flames.

"The kids were pretty shook up, the father was of course upset, and the mother had a lot of discomfort from the burns," said Linda Rideout who lives right by where the crash happened.

Linda and her husband Gary were taking a nap when they were woken up by what they described to be a "tremendous boom." That's when Gary hopped in his car and headed toward the scene.

They assisted the family, three of them who suffered minor injuries.

According to authorities, a couple and their three kids ages 18, 15 and 10 were visiting from Florida.

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