Friday, September 18, 2015

About that plane crash in Davidson on Friday...

That got your attention didn't it!?!?

Well, it got my attention too when my wife called me Friday just before 11am saying it was going around Facebook that a plane had crashed near Exit 30 in Davidson.

Fortunately, it ultimately turned out to be nothing, but that early report had some worried around town.  Davidson Public Information Officer, Christina Shaul provided the following statement on how it really went down.

"Officers with Davidson PD and FD, Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, Cornelius PD and FD all responded and circulated the area using air (helicopter), land and water (Cornelius Lake Patrol and CMPD Lake Patrol) to try and locate the ultralight aircraft (parasail).  It was later discovered that the operator had landed in the Langtree Apartments area and had already departed. Without talking to him, he may not have even known he was the subject of a 9-1-1 call."

Shaul went on to say...

"It’s my understanding that the original call came in as the paraglider going down in the water—so fire and police responded with search and rescue in mind.  We did not notify the schools because there was no identified threat."

A quick check with the schools at Exit 30 found that Davidson Day had received a few calls following the incident, but fortunately their front desk had the correct information to provide parents.

This is a good example of the old saying "bad news travels around the world, while good news is still putting on its pants".  In this case it was a very good thing the bad news turned out not to be true.

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