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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, November 17, 2018
Pilot Walks Away From Crash Landing North of Otto




Pilot Walks Away From Crash Landing in Pasture

Photo of plane crash provided

A pilot lost power in his Cessna Skycatcher (registration N70252) Friday morning and was forced to make an emergency landing north of Otto next to a stretch of highway known as “the Ledford Stretch.” The pilot brought the plane down in a cow pasture and the plane bounced over the highway, flipping over and landed on its top. Doug Finner, the pilot, was wearing his seatbelt and survived the crash without injury. Otto Fire Department, Squad 4, and Macon County EMS were dispatched to the scene at 10:05 am.



Above is video shot by Karcher Aerial Imagery of the crash site. More photos shot from the air can be seen on Facebook. [LINK]

screenshot of N70252 rental page

The pilot was flying from Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport near Gainesville, Georgia to the Macon County Airport. The plane was a rental from Lanier Equipment Leasing, LLC located in Gainesville, Georgia. [LINK]

A preliminary narrative of events was posted online at the Aviation Safety Network, a website operated by the Flight Safety Foundation. The information will be updated after the FAA and NTSB finish their investigation of the incident. [LINK]


Macon Media live-blogged the response on Facebook. [LINK]

Six and a half years ago, on March 15,2012 a small jet crash killed five people at the Macon County Airport. [LINK]


Outlook

A gradual warming trend will develop over the weekend ahead of a weak cold front approaching from the west. The front will move through the area on Monday, with moisture mainly limited to the mountains. A dry, reinforcing cold front will arrive from the northwest on Wednesday. Lows this week will range from around freezing to the upper 30s and the highs will range from the mid-50s in the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations.

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
Testing a new feature that shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm wind.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm wind.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the late afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light winds out of the west.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Calm wind shifting to come out of the south-southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind shifting to come out of the west-southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light and variable wind.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind shifting to come out of the west-southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Calm wind.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


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Published at 3:35 am on November 17, 2018 
Link to live-blog added at 3:48 am

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