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3 Plane Crash Survivors In East Tennessee Rescued

3 Plane Crash Survivors In East Tennessee Rescued

CREATED Mar 19, 2014

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. – Three people who survived a plane crash atop Holston Mountain in East Tennessee have been safely rescued.

WJHL reported the Cessna 172 crashed in a remote area around 7:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday near the Carter and Sullivan County line.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathis told the Johnson City Press that rescuers reached the victims Wednesday morning after getting a report about the crash Tuesday evening. 

Mathis said it took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of the crash, which was in a densely forested area at an elevation of 3,000 feet.

He said the plane had stopped in Elizabethton for fuel on its way to Ohio after departing from Charleston, S.C.

The identities of the crash victims weren't immediately released. Mathis said two were in critical condition.

According to the FAA, the plane was headed from Charleston, South Carolina to Wadsworth, Ohio. It was registered to Skypark Inc., a privately owned airport located in northeastern Ohio south of Cleveland.

According to FlightAware.com , the single-engine plane was built in 1968.

No word yet what caused the crash.

The NTSB is investigating.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)