A small airplane landing at Cherokee County Regional Airport to refuel ran into trouble while landing Saturday and wound up upside down off the runway, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report:
On Saturday just before 2:30 p.m. pilot Wesley Greer and his wife were flying into the Cherokee County airport from an airport in Lawrenceville to get fuel.
Greer told a deputy that as the small single-engine plane was touching down a tire blew, causing the craft to careen out of control off the runway, where it flipped several times before coming to rest on its top.
By the time a deputy arrived, both of the Greers were out of the aircraft. Greer reported that he was uninjured, and that his wife had sustained just minor injuries while exiting the plane.
A deputy notified the Federal Aviation Administration about the incident, and the FAA representative made arrangements to have the scene photographed and damage to the plane assessed for its investigation.
According to the website Flight Aware, the plane had made the trip from Lawrenceville to the Cherokee airport in 17 minutes, taking off at 2:06 p.m. Earlier in the day the plane was flown from Cartersville to Lawrenceville, according to Flight Aware.
Saturday’s was the second incident involving an airplane in Cherokee County in the past four months.
On Nov. 4 at about 10 a.m. a small plane taking off from a private airstrip — Air Acres — near Woodstock crashed, leaving the two people inside with minor injuries. The occupants in that incident were taken to the hospital, but they did not sustain serious injuries, authorities said.
According to its website, Air Acres is a private airport three miles east of the city of Woodstock, and requires permission to land on its runways. The airport currently is the base for 26 aircraft.
On Aug. 15, 2017 a flight instructor and his student suffered only minor injuries when the Piper Cherokee 140 they were flying out of the Cherokee County Regional Airport lost power and crashed soon after take-off. The single-engine plane went down near Runway 5 at the airport located off Interstate 575 between Canton and Ball Ground.
In March of that year a Woodstock man was killed when his single-engine plane crashed near the end of the runway at the Cherokee County Regional Airport. That fatal accident occurred around midnight and was reported by a nearby resident who saw the plane go down and then called 911.