Several called 911 around 9 p.m. Sept. 27 stating they saw what they believed to be a plane crash in the area. One caller said he saw smoke coming up from the Collard Valley Road area.
Police and emergency units were called out, but officials said the pilot was preparing for the 2012 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show in Rome this weekend.
As a part of the practice, the pilot would kill the plane’s engine, dive, restart, and pull up, officials said. The smoke was the plane’s tail plume.
The plane landed safely at the Polk County Airport – Cornelius Moore Field before 10 p.m.
The air show will be Sept. 28-30 at the Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome.
Gates open to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
General admission parking for the air show is available at State Mutual Stadium in Rome on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Parking gates open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Shuttle buses will run continuously from the stadium to the airport with services starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds headline show which also includes the Black Diamond Jet Demonstration Team, the U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration Team, Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car, John Klatt, and Mike Goulian with his Extra 330 sponsored by Goodyear Aviation.