Moody AFB investigators document debris from plane crash

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By: Noelani Mathews
March 7, 2017

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- On Tuesday, Moody investigative teams were still combing the crash site on Whisperwood Lane.

They're looking for any clues to what happened when one of their A-29s crashed just yards away from a family home.

Officials says they're covering every inch of this investigation, on the ground and from the sky.

The HH-60G helicopters were flying over the crash site this afternoon.

They were conducting an aerial search and taking pictures of the crash zone, and where the two pilots landed beyond the wood line.

Teams have been collecting data throughout the night.

"We're just trying to expedite this mishap and investigation as fast as we can, as safely as we can, and the best we can," says Popeye Chang, with Moody AFB.

He say they're working with the property owners, who have been a huge help during the process.

The last time one of their aircrafts crashed in South Georgia was 5 years ago in Cook County.

Moody officials say the Air Education and Training Command is handling the accident in Clinch County.

"For such a surprising event as this, we are extremely grateful that both pilots got out of there okay, " says Chang.

They're hoping to wrap up the investigation in the next few months and release a full crash report.

By: Erin Lisch
March 6, 2017

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Crews from Moody Air Force Base work into Monday night trying to figure out why one of their planes went down in south Georgia.

Their A-29-A Super Tucano going down near a home on Whisperwood Road in Clinch County, that's north of Homerville.

Those living in the neighborhood would never thing that a plane would be coming to a resounding halt.

Living across the street from the crash Mervin Webb said, "I heard a loud boom and another loud boom."

Just down the road from the plane crash Ashlyn Welch said, "I just heard a loud bang…It sounded like a plane is what it really sounded like because you heard all of the swishing before it crashed you know?

"I'm assuming it's when the fuselage hit the tree there," said Webb.

The single engine plane crashing just before 3:00pm Monday afternoon, the 2 pilots from the 81st Fire Squadron ejected safely before-hand.

"I saw the parachute, and then I started down the road I saw the fuselage. I backed up, and looking and praying," said Webb.

The pilots were taken to the hospital and released.

"It just scared the daylights out me because I was worried about the people inside the plane," said Webb.

Moody Air Force Base crews left to piece it all together.

Moody Air Force Base Colonel Tim Sumja said, "We put the crisis action team from Moody Air Force Base to work, we get the team together and get to the site as fast as we can. Our main job is to maintain the evidence that we find here at the scene."

Wreckage remains but thankfully everyone, walking away alive.

This is an ongoing investigation, to find out how and why this plane went down.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 6, 2017

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Two pilots from Moody Moody Air Force Base are being evaluated after ejecting from an aircraft prior to a crash.

The crash happened approximately 4 to 5 miles north of Homerville, just off of US-441 on Whisperwood Road. The plane landed in a residential area, just yards from a home.

Moody officials said in a release that two pilots from the 81st Fighter Squadron ejected safely from an A-29A Super Tucano aircraft during a routine training flight just before 3 p.m. Monday.

The Clinch County Sheriff's Office and EMS responded to the scene and Moody AFB officials arrived about 10 to 20 minutes later.

Both pilots were located and taken to Clinch memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation but have since been released.

No injuries were reported and there was no damage reported to nearby structures.

Moody officials say the Air Force is investigating the cause of the crash. Those findings will be released when the investigation is complete.

Officials are asking citizens to avoid the scene of the crash due to potential safety hazards.

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