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1 killed in crash of small plane at Blue Ridge, Ga.; false alarm on crash near Highway 60 bridge

From the Chattanoogan: One person was killed in the crash of a small plane at Blue Ridge, Ga., on Sunday.


The pilot was the only occupant of the plane.


It happened near the Blue Ridge Jetport as the plane hit a tree.


Also, a crash of a small plane was reported on Sunday night south of the Highway 60 bridge over the Tennessee River near Birchwood, but it turned out to be a false call. It was found to be an amphibious plane landing on the water.


Around 8 p.m., there were at least 12 emergency vehicles sitting on the bridge with emergency lights on.


On the downstream side of the bridge was some type of emergency boat with a red light flashing.


Also present were Sheriff’s cars from Rhea County, Meigs County and Hamilton County as well as two ambulances.