- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

SHATLEY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say two people survived an Ashe County small plane crash after deploying a parachute when they realized the aircraft was out of control.

Investigators said the single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed Friday morning near U.S. Highway 221 not far from Jefferson.

The pilot had engine trouble and was trying to land at the Ashe County airport near Jefferson, but strong winds sent the crippled plane out of control and unlikely to make the landing strip.

Authorities say the pilot decided to pull the chute, allowing the plane to hit the ground more gently.

The plane took off from an airport in Atlanta and the flight plan had it landing at Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania.

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