A Tennessee pilot and a passenger was unharmed after his small plane went off the side of the runway and onto a grassy slope at Cornelius Moore Field in Polk County today.

According to airport manager Sam Branch, pilot Kourosh Shokoui of Cookeville, Tenn., was coming into land in Polk County today when his de Havilland DHC-1 was caught up by a condition known as a "ground loop" and went off the side of the runway and down an embankment and caught fire shortly after it came to a stop.

Shokoui and a passenger made it out of the plane without any injuries, Branch said. He was still waiting on FAA representatives to take a report on Thursday afternoon.

Cedartown Fire and Rescue and the Polk County Fire Department both responded to the incident and were able to extinguish the fire.

The plane is expected to be a total loss. There were no further incidents involved in the crash today.

He said the airport's runway was closed for 45 minutes while crews worked to extinguish the flames.

The DHC-1, commonly referred to as a "Chipmunk," is a two-seater, single-engine plane built by a Canadian firm.

It was caught up in a condition known as a "ground loop," which Branch explained was when one wing is picked up by the lift of air, while another is pushed down and dips, causing the plane to rapidly turn.