December 9, 2018

Carroll County plane crash kills three

Two of the three victims have been identified in a fatal mid-air plane crash in Carroll County Wednesday morning (Photo: cbs46.com)

Two of the three victims have been identified in a fatal mid-air plane crash in Carroll County Wednesday morning (Photo: cbs46.com)

(Carroll County/CBS46) — Two small planes collided Wednesday in a Carroll County crash killing three people at West Georgia Regional Airport.

“Two witnesses [saw] both aircraft collide midair. It appeared they both were on a landing pattern,” Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue told CBS46 news.

Two single-engine aircraft, a Diamond DA20C1 and a Beech F33A, collided in mid-air at the airport at 10:54 a.m. on Wednesday. One of the planes is registered to an address in College Park. The other is registered to Falcon Aviation school in Newnan.

24-year-old Taylor Stone of Tennessee has been identified as one of the victims. She worked for Falcon Aviation Academy. She had a 20-year-old student in the plane with her, who has yet to be identified.

“She was a really great teacher,” former student William Barczak told CBS46. “I was in disbelief because she was so strict in the cockpit.  She went by the books, everything step by step. I just couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.”

William Lindsey, 79, of College Park, has been identified as the victim of the other plane.

The FAA and the NTSB were on scene most of the evening gathering evidence as to what caused the crash.

“Basically both planes were coming in on a final approach at the same time and it appears one may not have seen the other and sat down on top of it and they tumbled into the ground,” Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Captain Jeff Richards told CBS46.

West Georgia Regional Airport is what is called a non-controlled airport, which means there is no operating air traffic control tower. The FAA has regulations to control traffic, but pilots are largely responsible for taking care of themselves at the nearly 20,000 non-controlled airports that exist across the country.

There’s also no voice recorder on either aircraft and investigators have to rely on eyewitness accounts to gather information.

(Read more at cbs46.com)

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