Sheriff: 4 killed in small plane crash in northwest Georgia

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  1. Cpt_Kirk

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    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/aut...ll-plane-crash-in-northwest-georgia/546969750

    MURRAY COUNTY, Ga.
    - Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in northwest Georgia.

    According to the Murray County sheriff, a small, twin-engine plane out of Tennessee crashed on Piney Hill Road in Chatsworth.

    WTVC in Chattanooga says authorities confirmed there were four people on the plane and none of them survived the crash.

    The sheriff says there was heavy rain before the crash.

    WTVC said the sheriff's office contacted the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Stay with WSBTV.com watch the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 for updates on this developing story.
     
  2. RyanB

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    Haven't seen this yet! We had some pretty heavy storms that moved through the area during the mid-afternoon to early evening today. Weather had likely played a role in this.

    My condolences


    Edit: ASN reports it to be a PA-23 that experienced an inflight breakup. No N number yet. I know some folks who have an Apache around here, hope it's not them!:(

    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=196455
     
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    Not far from me. Nasty group of storms came through that area around 4:30 PM. RIP.
     
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    Sad news.
     
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    I will never fully understand why people think that they can beat the weather. I see it all the time. You just might beat it once, twice, three times but it's setting you up to be wrong once and when you are you don't get anymore chances.
     
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    This as me worried . . . A twin Piper stopped here Friday night for weather, headed home to east Tennessee. Man, woman, two kids . . . Still no ID on the people or tail number.
     
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    Just got an update. Pax were grandparents with two grandchildren.
     
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    Names are out, it was them. Should be N44HJ . . . Mostly white with red or burgundy stripes.

    Sad. RIP.
     
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    I thought he said Athens, TN.
     
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    Yeah, that's about 40 minutes by land from me.
     
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    They were based at my home field McMinn County Airport, Athens TN
     
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    Ah jeez.

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    Very sad. RIP.
     
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    Sad to see 4 more to go due to get-there-itis.
    C'mon, people, use some common sense. You can't beat a thunderstorm. Even in a twin.
     
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    Even Scott Crossfield couldn't beat a north Georgia thunderstorm. Sad stuff. Yeah, Athens is just up the road, I've landed at McMinn County many times.
     
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    RIP.

    This just ****es me off:

    "It's emotional, but Armstrong said the couple died doing what they loved.. flying."

    Anybody here love flying through thunderstorms and having an in-flight breakup that kills you and your grandkids? Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather never fly again than kill myself and my family.
     
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    Maybe I'm a bit behind the 8-ball here, but I don't see proof it broke apart in a thunderstorm. I also read some lady saw it break apart?? If I read that correctly it doesn't sound like it was in a storm.

    Again, I'm likely missing something.
     
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    Oh, they had multiple cells in the area and they were flying directly towards an advancing storm. Whether or not the breakup occurred inside or outside remains to be seen. We all know the damaging effects of a thunderstorm can occur well outside the cell though. IMG_2780.JPG

    We've got storms passing through the area today that are just like what I saw on the day of the accident. I took this pic today but you could say it's almost exact replica what it looked like the day and time (Saturday 1645) of the crash. The tiny hills at the far left are just prior to the accident site (ramhurst). At their altitude, they were either in the storm or IMC just outside it.

    My mech knew the guy and said he was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet. We're both in agreement though in that he and his wife made a poor decision to add that kind of risk with grandkids onboard. At least get FF and have ATC help keep you clear. Just a sad deal all around.
     
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    Exactly. It also doesn't take into account that two innocent lives were lost that had no control over the situation.

    It's one thing if you were flying along, fat dumb and happy and suddenly died. But in most of these that we read about, the pilot/pax had plenty of time to be scared s---less by their impending demise-and that, folks, is certainly not "doing what they loved."
     
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    We were coming home from Destin a couple years ago in the 425, big storm moving across Alabama towards the Georgia line. We maneuvered to the east and were in clear air, with another area of weather that appeared to be converging from the east.:eek: My son was flying right seat and watching the nexrad and I am using the on board radar to make sure we stayed out of the storm. We had a Gulfstream pass overhead and descend in front of us, they were a touch faster, so we were following them as we descended. We suddenly lost visibility and WHAM the poop hit the fan and heads hit the ceiling, I thought I broke my headset my head hit so hard! It was over in a matter of seconds, but it was a terrifying few seconds. A mistake that will not happen again!! They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, I am not any stronger, but maybe a little smarter! I can see how it would be so easy to lose control in that situation, hit your head and either get knock out or just disoriented for a few seconds and it's too late to recover.
     
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    Much of the decision making should occur at the preflight weather briefing computer. The next major opportunity is in flight as conditions develop. The airborne divert is a valuable tool.

    If one needs any assurance, look no further than the backseat. Yes, BTDT.