by Samiar Nefzi
ROSMAN, N.C. (WLOS) — A plane crashed just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Transylvania County, officials said.
Emergency officials said three people were injured when the plane went down at Camp Kahdalea on Morgan Mill Road near Rosman.
Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chuck Owenby said about 100 female campers and staff members were at the overnight camp when the plane crashed.
Owenby said the crash happened in a remote wooded area of the camp, away from the cabins and the dining hall.
“None of the camps staff or attendees were in the area where the plane went down as it crashed in a remote wooded area on the edge of the camp boundaries,” authorities said in a social media post.
The plane that crashed was reportedly a Cessna 172M.
All three people on board the plane were transported to trauma centers. Two people were airlifted to a Greenville hospital for treatment, with the third taken to Asheville.
A news release from the sheriff’s office said the occupants of the plane had ties to the camp, however, the plane was registered to Franklin Air Services LLC from New Orleans.
“This is one of those, I don’t want to say once in a 10-year period, for right now, this is one of those things we don’t get that often here,” Owenby said. “At this time, we don’t know the cause of the crash or anything of that nature.”
Officials said Thursday night that the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration would not be on the scene until Friday morning, June 17. Until then, N.C. State Highway Patrol has been told to secure the scene.