Pilot unhurt, ditches plane in Hiwassee River

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) -- A pilot is unhurt after his 1940s plane fell into the Hiwassee River.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Meigs County officials spent several hours on Sunday evening trying to inflate bags under the plane and float it to a landing.

Authorities said the only person on board was owner Andy Montgomery of Rhea County. Meigs County Emergency Services Manager Tony Finnell said the plane was under several feet of water off Highway 60 near the Meigs-Hamilton county line.

The plane is a 1946 Globe Swift, and Montgomery said he experienced a mechanical problem that brought down the plane.

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