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Photos Show Plane Wreckage Near SC/NC Line

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A plane crashed near the North Carolina-South Carolina border Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

Emergency crews responded to a 911 call just after 6 p.m. when the pilot reported the accident.

According to Scott Justus with the Henderson County Technical Rescue Squad, the pilot is from Switzerland. He was flying from Knoxville, Tennessee to Greenville when he ran into dense fog.

Officials say the man crashed in a wooded area near Corbin Mountain Road and Mountain Summit Road in the gated Cliff’s Valley community.

Rescuers searched the rugged terrain for nearly two hours before they made contact with the pilot at 8:15 p.m. on Corbin Mountain.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, told authorities that he managed to get out of the RANS S-6S fixed-wing single engine plane and went to search for a house or road.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office released the recording of the 911 call the pilot made.  You can listen to portions of it here.

The pilot walked away with minor injuries and Justus says he was even able to return to the site Wednesday morning with investigators.

Justus say it’s amazing the pilot not only survived, but had the ability to call for help.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

A spokesperson for the FAA believes the preliminary investigation will be completed within 10 days.

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