Since the previous release, we have been updated by a local tree service that the object is their piece of equipment. The business contacted RCSD after seeing the release on social media and reported they lost the equipment this morning. They were working near by and due to the pressure applied to the cable, it broke, and the piece of equipment landed on the car. The FAA has been updated, and the business has taken responsibility for the damage.
On Thursday, August 24, 2023, Rhea County Sheriff Department Deputies assigned to Rhea County High School were notified of property damage to a vehicle in the School’s parking lot this morning. Upon Deputies investigating, they found a 2014 Ford Escape with damage to the rear hatch area of the vehicle. It appears that a large, metal snatch block and shackle fell from an aircraft, and struck the parked vehicle located in the upper front of the parking lot of the school. There were no injuries to anyone on the campus of the school and no other property damaged. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified due to the object falling off of an aircraft.