September 16, 2021

Lost airplane recovered in Wedowee

(Photo: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Randolph County Sheriff’s Office)

(Wedowee, AL) — The pilot of a small plane was able to land in a field in rural Randolph County yesterday after sending out a mayday for help.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the pilot was uninjured in the crash landing.

The missing plane was first reported to be missing in Chambers County Saturday morning, and possibly even in Panama City, FL, but ultimately was found a few hours later on County Road 67 near Wedowee.

“We would like to say thanks to everyone that worked hard to find the airplane that went down yesterday,” said a post by the RCSO Sunday morning.

Agencies involved in the search were Randolph County Sheriff Office, Chambers County Sheriff Office, Randolph County EMA, Chambers Co. EMA, ALEA aviation, the FAA, Civil Air Defense along with others.

Randolph County Sheriffs Office facebook page


  1. This story is very confusing and lacks attention to detail.

  2. The pilot experience an engine problem and made an off field landing. He had issued a mayday call and spoke with another aircraft who reported it to the FAA. He had reported he was lost and a reference was made to Roanoke but it was thought he was south of Roanoke. An air and ground search was conducted in that area for much of the day. A detailed radar analysis by a Civil Air Patrol team identified a probable area in Randolph County and a Civil Air Pattol aircraft crew spotted the airplane. The airplane’s distress beacon didn’t go off due to a soft landing and the pilot didn’t realize a search was underway. He had already made arrangements to recover his airplane when he was located by the search team.

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