PICKENS, S.C. -- Four people escaped serious injury when a small airplane's engine stalled and the pilot deployed a parachute that brought the craft safely into a stand of trees in northwestern South Carolina.

Pickens County (S.C.) Sheriff's Capt. Keith Galloway said the crash happened at around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, confirmed that the plane took off from Cobb County Airport - McCollum Field in Kennesaw.

Galloway said the plane happened to be near Pickens County's airport when the engine quit. The pilot sought to land there, but the plane parachuted down about a mile and a half away.

Galloway said the craft came to rest about 15 to 20 feet up in a stand of trees. Multiple emergency response agencies helped free the occupants. Galloway said they were checked by medical personnel, but there were no life-threatening injuries.

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