Press Release 6-17-22 1:15 pm.
From Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga in Brevard, North Carolina.
A Cessna 172 crashed on the edge of Camp Kahdalea around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2022 with three on board. No campers were injured or present when the plane went down.
A pilot and a passenger, who are parents of campers, were doing a fly-over of the camps. Camp Director Jeffrey Trufant was also aboard the plane and was able to walk to get help. The pilot and remaining passenger were conscious and talkative when camp personnel arrived at the scene of the crash. One of the passengers explained that the plane became unresponsive shortly before it went down in a wooded area on the outskirts of Camp Kahdalea.
Emergency crews quickly responded to the scene of the crash and all three individuals were transported to nearby hospitals. As of Friday morning, all three individuals are hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
We are grateful for the impressive speed, professionalism, and skill of the Transylvania County first responders. We thank God that the three involved were rescued quickly and were conscious and talkative.
The National Transportation and Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are on site today investigating the accident.
This press release is from David, Anne, Adam and John Trufant, Directors