Not long after C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and first responders arrived at Still Water Lane off West Mount Herman Church Road, central communications received another call, this one from the pilot.
Around the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration in Greensboro confirmed the plane had gone down, according to radio transmissions from central communications.
Tom Robert Granville, 63, of Orlando, Fla., was on his way from New Jersey to Spartanburg, S.C., when his Cirrus SR-22 four-seater plane made a loud noise and began vibrating and spewing oil onto the windshield, according to the story Granville told rescuers.
He was at 6,000 feet when he declared an emergency, pulled the parachute his plane was equipped with, let go of the control panel and floated to the ground about one and a half miles into the woods off Still Water Lane.
Granville was able to walk away from the site and place a call to 911 to inform them he was searching for emergency personnel and thought he had spotted some of them looking for him.
He was transported to Hugh-Chatham Memorial Hospital to be checked out, but Sheriff Graham Atkinson said he appeared to be OK.
“He was up walking around. He was extraordinarily calm for a man who had just survived a plane crash,” Atkinson said.
In addition to C.C. Camp, the Surry County EMS, N.C. Highway Patrol, Jot-Um-Down Volunteer Fire Department, Surry County Sheriff’s Office and Dobson Rescue Squad responded to the call with several others on stand by.
The National Transportation Safety Board will probably not open an investigation, because it was a small plane and no one was injured. The Federal Aviation Administration out of Greensboro may conduct its own investigation into the incident, Atkinson said.
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