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Pilot uninjured as plane goes down in Clarksville

South Boston News / March 29, 2016
Bill Sewell of Chase City was not injured following an early afternoon crash of his plane at the Lake Country Regional Airport in Clarksville on Tuesday.

He was alone in the plane at the time of the crash.

“I was taking off and the plane drifted to the left. My wheels hit the trees [a little more than mid-way down the runway] and stalled the plane,” causing it to crash, Sewell said. Once the left landing gear became enmeshed in the trees, his forward momentum stopped, causing the aircraft to roll over into the treetops.

Sewell said the plane came to rest with one wing tilted downward, barely six feet from the ground. This allowed him to climb out of the cockpit and slid down the wing to safety.

As a safety precaution, police and fire were called to the scene.

“The plane is pretty much totaled,” said Sewell. He called it an experimental home-built model that he constructed from a kit in 2007. He has a newer plane, also an experimental home-built model, but that one was down for servicing, according to Sewell.

A pilot for 15 years, this is Sewell’s first crash — and he said hopefully his last.

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