Bizarre Bailout Story
Barrington Slack, a private pilot, was reportedly alone in a single-engine 1976 Rockwell International 112TC Commander flying over Burke County, Ga., when he departed the aircraft and landed safely under canopy. The aircraft impacted near a cow pasture and was destroyed. One witness who estimated he was about 400 yards from the crash site saw the aircraft come down and said the impact "was like a bomb went off." A local ABC news affiliate reported that a police report "said Slack tried to get the plane's rudder to work but didn't have much luck. And a little after 7, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed." The Augusta Chronicle reported that Slack told authorities he'd departed Covington at about 4 p.m. for Columbia, S.C. The cities are about 175 miles apart and the crash site is roughly between the two but off-track to the south.
After landing safely with his parachute, Slack reportedly hitched a ride back to the crash site, where he apparently spoke with early responders, refused medical attention and left. The Augusta Chronicle reported that the wrecked aircraft is registered to Kalunju Aviation Group of Atlanta, and the Georgia Secretary of State's website lists Slack as that company's agent.