WOODBINE, Ky. (AP) - Military and federal officials say reports of a possible plane crash in southeastern Kentucky turned out to be false. The incorrect reports sent dozens of rescue workers scrambling Tuesday afternoon.
The Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration say all aircraft were present and accounted for despite numerous reports of a low-flying plane in Knox County, near the Tennessee border.
Rescue workers with the Knox County sheriff's department were called off around 7pm eastern time. That was about three hours after reports of a plane crashing near Kentucky Highway 459.
Knox County sheriff's dispatch supervisor Denise Crawford said the department had received several reports of a plane down and smoke in a wooded area. Fire and law enforcement officers headed to the scene but didn't find anything.
WSAZ's sister station, WVLT, is reporting that the plane in question landed at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. That's according to an official at the Air National Guard Headquarters in Virginia.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force earlier told WSAZ that a C-130 was down in the area, but didn't provide any other details at the time. That report ended up being false.