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Pilot in plane crash identified as Emory surgeon

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Dr. John Culbertson, Jr.

(WXIA) -- Emory Healthcare has identified the pilot in Monday's Dawson County plane crash as surgeon Dr. John "Jack" Culbertson, Jr.

Culbertson's plane, a Piper Malibu, crashed Monday evening on Auraria Road near Georgia 400.

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Federal aviation officials said Culbertson was the only person on board the aircraft, which they said was en route to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport from Morristown, N.J.

Culbertson had been involved in another plane crash with the same airplane in 2000. That crash was a forced landing in Arkansas while flying with his family back to Georgia from Telluride, Colo.

Culbertson was an assistant professor of surgery with Emory University, and was Chief of Plastic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He had been practicing with Emory since 1984.

The university released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

John "Jack" Culbertson, MD, passed away when the airplane he was piloting went down in North Georgia. On behalf of all of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center faculty and staff, our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Culbertson's family. We do not know the circumstances surrounding the crash and NTSB is investigating.

Dr. Culbertson served as Associate Professor within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for more than twenty-five years. He was a member of multiple national societies and served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Culbertson also directed plastic and reconstructive surgery services based at Grady Memorial Hospital and mentored plastic surgery residents there.

Dr. Culberton contributed to numerous publications and textbooks and lectured nationally and internationally. In addition, he traveled to Navajo reservations for many years to provide instruction and perform surgery.

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