By: Taylor O’Bier

KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — A small plane crashed into the marsh on Knotts Island on Saturday, but it’s sole occupant, the pilot, came out uninjured.

Currituck County Fire-EMS crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Island Bay Lane around 5:11 p.m. for reports of the crash.

When they arrived, they found the Cessna aircraft intact, said Currituck County Fire-EMS Chief Ralph Melton.

The plane’s pilot was able to get out of the plane before emergency crews arrived and was not injured, Melton said.

The pilot had taken off from the Suffolk Executive Airport and reportedly had mechanical issues near the island.

The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.