Plane Crash Scare In Eastern Kentucky


WOODBINE, Ky. (AP) - Reports of a possible plane crash in
southeastern Kentucky that sent dozens of rescue workers scrambling
on Tuesday turned out to be false, according to military and
federal officials.
Both the Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration said
all aircraft were present and accounted for despite numerous
reports of a low-flying plane in Knox County, near the Tennessee
border.
"As far as I know, we don't know about any wreckage and we're
not missing any airplanes," said FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.
The Kentucky Air National Guard and the Air Force echoed Brown's
comments. Air Force spokeswoman Regina Winchester said preliminary
reports that a large military plane had crashed were "incorrect."
Rescue workers with the Knox County sheriffs department were
called off around 7 p.m. EST, about three hours after reports of a
plane crashing near Kentucky Highway 459.
Denise Crawford, dispatch supervisor Knox County sheriff's
department, said the department had received several reports of a
plane down and smoke in a wooded area. Fire and law enforcement
officers headed to the scene but didn't find anything.
"We've had calls from everywhere," Crawford said. "We have
people out looking at it, but there's not been a visual."
Several television reports had witnesses describing a large,
green, four-engine plane flying low over Corbin on Tuesday
afternoon. After hours of looking with help from the Kentucky
National Guard turned up nothing, the search was abandoned.

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