Saturday evening update: The deceased pilot has been identified as 63-year-old Richard Hogan of Douglasville, Ga., according to Gordon County Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson.
Update from Gordon Sheriff Mitch Ralston: At about 3:40 p.m. today, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the area of Spencer Drive south of Calhoun in response to a report of a small aircraft crash. Deputies arrived to find that a small plane had crashed into a wooded area within a few hundred yards of a residential neighborhood. The plane was completely destroyed. The crash resulted in a fatality. Fire/Rescue and other emergency personnel also responded. The scene has been secured and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified. A preliminary investigation in conjunction with the Coroner’s Office is underway. Identification of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. Sheriff Ralston said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim of this tragic accident.”
Gordon County Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene of a small airplane crash in Gordon County with one confirmed fatality. According to Gordon E-911, the plane went down near Spencer Drive and McDaniel Station Road in Calhoun, behind the Emerald Ridge subdivision. The pilot was the only one on board and was pronounced dead at the scene. No ground structures were hit when the plane impacted the earth. The FAA and the NTSB are investigating, along with assistance from local authorities. We will have more information when it becomes available.
Update from WSB-TV: The plane crashed just before 4 p.m. after taking off from an airport in Calhoun. The pilot killed in the crash has not been identified and it’s unclear where the plane was headed. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were heading to the crash site, Channel 2 Action News reported. WSB-TV