FAA: No Distress Calls In Tifton Small Plane Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) -- Federal aviation authorities say a small plane had descended from its cruising altitude before radar and radio contact was lost.

The National Transportation Safety Board says in its preliminary report that no distress calls or further communications were received from the pilot before the plane plunged into a field north of Tifton on Oct. 18. The area is about 40 miles east of Albany.

A nearby resident told investigators the plane flew over his house very fast, but then fell straight down. He said clouds were low at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA-28 had departed Merritt Island, Fla., and was headed to an airport in La Grange. The lone occupant, 39-year-old Michael Elliott Leadlay of Orlando, Fla., was killed.

The NTSB's investigation is continuing.


Associated Press Release

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a small plane has crashed outside of Tifton in south Georgia, killing one person.

David Haire with the Tift County Sheriff's Department says officers received a 911 call shortly after 10 a.m. Friday. Deputies responded to the crash site, which is in an open field in the unincorporated community of Chula.

Haire says first responders found the body of one person and have secured the scene for investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. The person's identity has not been released.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email the Piper PA-28 had departed Merritt Island, Fla., and was headed to LaGrange-Callaway Airport in La Grange, Ga.


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