COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A two-passenger airplane made an emergency landing on a Columbus golf course Tuesday afternoon, right in the middle of the Southeast Amateur Golf Tournament.
Officials with the Columbus Police Department said the plane landed on the Columbus Country Club golf course on the Hilton Avenue side near Lakebottom Park at about 2 p.m.
The only person inside the plane was the pilot, who was not injured. Golfers continued playing during and after the emergency landing.
We spoke with Tish Hiddle, who is an official for the tournament, about what happened.
"I did not see it, but witnesses said that he lost power coming out of the airport," Hiddle said. "He came up over the trees and made an emergency landing in Number 15 Fairway."
The FAA on the scene says there is no damage to the plane. They also said after examination, everything appears to be up to date. They will also check when the last maintenance was performed.
Officials say the pilot left from airport and had some type of engine failure, and did not have enough power to make it back to the airport.
After he landed, people helped the pilot move the plane off the course to make room for the tournament.
Hunter O'Mahony, who was golfing at the time, said it so sudden that they didn't hear the plane land.
News Leader 9 was the first news affiliation on the scene after the incident.