Small plane crashes on US university campus after engine fails

  • Light aircraft came down on road inside Kennesaw State University grounds in Georgia, injuring both people on board
PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 November, 2018, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2018, 1:19pm

A small plane crashed on Kennesaw State University’s Kennesaw campus on Thursday evening, police said.

The crash happened at the intersection of Bartow Avenue and Campus Loop Road, KSU’s Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet. The tweet also said there were no reports of damaged buildings or injuries to KSU students, faculty or staff.

The two people in the plane were taken to hospital, OEM said in a later tweet. They were seen sitting up on their stretchers and conscious.

Cobb County Fire told WSB-TV that engine failure led to the crash and the passengers were on their way from Omaha, Nebraska, to Charlie Brown Field in Fulton County.

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Video obtained by WSB-TV appears to show the plane crashed into a tree. It also seems to show a large parachute had been deployed.

Abby Rodriguez, a KSU graduate student, captured video of one of the crash’s survivors waving his hand.

“I just thought it was a bridge that collapsed,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We went to the parking lot and I thought it was an explosion.”

Another graduate student, Megan Allen, said there was a deafening boom.

“It almost sounded like I-75 was collapsing … It was so loud it was hard to comprehend what happened,” she said.

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Tammy DeMel, assistant vice-president of communications at KSU, said the campus would still be open on Friday.

Cobb County police said federal agencies were investigating the crash, so part of the campus might be closed.