Four men were injured when a small plane crash landed in Chattanooga. The plane was trying to make an emergency landing at a Chattanooga airport and fell short of its goal. It landed in a shopping center parking lot, hit two cars and a lightpole.
Investigators were looking into whether the plane ran out of fuel as it approached Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, police Sgt. Jerri Weary said.
The Beechcraft King Air twin turboprop had left Birmingham, Ala., for Georgetown, Ky., and was preparing to land in Chattanooga when it crashed Wednesday evening at the Brainerd Village Shopping Center, about 2,000 feet from the runway, according to authorities and a relative of one of the passengers. Bystanders helped pull the passengers from the plane.
The pilot noticed the fuel guage was close to empty during the flight and was unsure if the reading was accurate. He decided to try for an emergency landing in Chattanooga. All four men are in the hospital being treated for their injuries. The FAA is investigating the plane crash.
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