Sarah Riley, Knoxville News Sentinel
A small plane crashed into the Tennessee River on Tuesday night near the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport.
At about 8:45 p.m., the Knoxville Fire Department received a call that a plane had gone down in the river. A department spokesman said eyewitnesses saw the plane go down near the north bank.
Firefighters launched a rescue boat, and the pilot was spotted and pulled from the water.
The 62-year-old pilot, who is uninjured and was the only person on board, had flown out of Skyranch Airport in Knoxville before his engine failed just shy of Island Home Airport.
The pilot was flying a Flightstar ultralight plane. It is submerged in 15 feet of water, the fire department said in a press release.