Pilot dead in Collegedale plane crash

Pilot dead in Collegedale plane crash

December 4th, 2012 by Yolanda Putman in Local Regional News

A Collegedale officer enforces a road block at McDonald Road as other emergency personnel search for Clarence Andrews, 82, and his aircraft after he was reported missing this morning. An upside-down aircraft resembling Andrews' was found in a wooded area just north of Collegedale airport and was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board at 3:30pm Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

The body of an 82-year-old pilot and father, Clarence Andrews, was located at a plane crash near the Collegedale Airport today.

The Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol Aircrew spotted Andrew's plane at 10:30 a.m. today as the patrol made its final search over the area for the pilot.

The crash site is located off of McDonald Road. Rescuers reported the single engine aircraft was upside down in a wooded area. Andrews was still secured in the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board's accident investigative team is expected to be on the scene by 5 p.m. to 6 p.m..

Andrew's daughter, Catherine Failla of Atlanta, called the city of Collegedale's 911 dispatch center at 12:45 a.m.today to report that her father was missing. She also said Chris Swain, the Collegedale Airport director, had called to tell her that her father had not returned to the airport but his dog, car and cell phone were still there.

To locate, Andrews Collegedale Police Department began searching the area where his cell phone last pinged, a cell tower which was located around the 4400 block of Alabama Road, according to a Hamilton County Emergency Management news release.

The Collegedale Police Department called for assistance in the air and notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The center tasked the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol Aircrew to respond to the city of Collegedale. The air patrol was called to the search at about 3 a.m. today.