A 53-year-old Cumming pilot has died following an experimental aircraft crash in a Polk County cotton field Monday morning.
Killed in a crash described as a hard impact was Alexander N. Vagner, according to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier. Authorities had released another name but updated the victim’s identity Tuesday afternoon.
The aircraft was discovered off Collard Valley Road and Wyatt Road by a farmer, Brazier says (see map below). Other details from the coroner:
- The call came into the 911 center around 1:30 p.m. Monday after the discovery. There was no sign of smoke or fire.
- First respondes included Cedartown Fire, Polk County Fire, the Polk County Police Department and Redmond EMS.
- Brazier arrived and declared the pilot dead at 1:39 p.m.
- Eaves had taken off from the Polk County Airport before lunchtime and was due back to dine with a friend. When he didn’t return as planned, a search began.
- The National Transportation Safety Board as well as the Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation and Eaves’ body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autoposy. All are part of federal accident protocol.