A plane crash on Red Oak Road near Chula has claimed the life of one unidentified person, according to David Haire, Public Information officer for the Tift County Sheriff's Office.
According to Kathleen Bergen with the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed about 10 a.m., near 462 Red Oak Road. The lone person aboard the Piper PA-28 aircraft had piloted the plane from Merritt Island, Fla, and was headed to LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange.
Investigators say the man was killed instantly.
Neighbors at the scene described hearing a loud “boom,” and some thought it may have been a simple vehicle backfire, just before the plane crashed into the field.
According to Lt. Col. Robert Brannen, with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, the FAA gave the green light for local investigators to cover the wreckage with tarp.
The FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, is continuing to investigate the crash, and the cause of which is still unknown.
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