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Video: Fatal LaGrange Plane Crash after Apparent Runway Mixup

  • Courtesy of Matthew Strother, LaGrange Daily News
  • Courtesy of Matthew Strother, LaGrange Daily News
    

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A twin-engine aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport Saturday afternoon.

There were three people aboard the plane. The LaGrange Police Department identified them as Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60, Willy Lutz, 69, and Jeffrey Van Curtis, 53. All three were from Peachtree City and died as a result of the crash. 

Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed immediately in the crash. The third passenger died after being life-flighted to Columbus Medical Center.  

A witness, Retired Air Force Pilot Rusty Miller, said the plane, a 1980 Beech Baron, was owned by two of the men on board, two physicians.

The plane, which took off from Panama City, Fla., at around 9:15 a.m. Saturday, landed in LaGrange around 10:45 a.m. 

The plane was then refueled and the pilot began practicing instrument approaches and landings with the other two aboard, Miller said.  As the pilot attempted to land, there was a Civil Air-Patrol plane taxiing across the runway, towing a glider, according to Miller. 

Miller said the plane that was landing was then forced to make a steep climb, it stalled, and dove nose down into the runway. 

The NTSB and FAA are investigating. The NTSB will determine the cause.

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