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Experimental aircraft crashes at Tri-Cities Airport

Rain Smith, Kingsport Times News • Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 10:02 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A single-engine, two-seater plane crashed on approach to Tri -Cities Airport Wednesday night, but both occupants appear to have avoided major injury.

According to Jim Bean, director of the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency, the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. He reported that the pilot and passenger both exited the plane under their own power, then were transported to the hospital by EMS.

Sullivan County fire and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene. According to Kristi Haulsee, director of marketing at the airport, the aircraft is classified in the experimental category, and known as a "Velocity."

Haulsee added that runway 23 was temporarily closed by the incident, but was expected to reopen by about 10:30 p.m.

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