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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The FAA spent the day in Decatur County trying to figure out why a crop-dusting airplane crashed Tuesday.

The 31 year old pilot, a student at AgFlight training in Bainbridge, was killed.

Aaron Green was from Oregon. He had a fiance, and a 2 year-old daughter he left behind. Those who knew him best said he died doing what he loved most.

A life in the sky cut short...

"He really loved life. Just as fun an individual as you could ever expect to meet. And he loved what he was doing here, he truely loved flying," said flight instructor Bill Walker.

"He had a big heart, would do anything for anybody," said friend and AgFlight student Eric Hollemback.

Around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon AgFlight student Aaron Green was flying this plane as part of his training to become a cropduster pilot. His plane was hauling water, simulating the weight of crop-dusting chemicals. He never made it back to the runway.

"We were shocked, absolutely shocked," said Walker.

He went down in a peanut field off Hwy 310 in Brinson.

Wednesday, FAA inspectors and Sheriff's deputies sifted through the wreckage, trying to find clues as to what happened seconds before Green died.

"He loved to fly. He really did," said Walker.

Billy Walker says Green was one of his best students, only days away from graduating the program.

"He was due to take a check ride next thursday, and he would have been out of here," said Walker.

"He was a person I planned on knowing my whole life," said Hollemback.

With that plan destroyed, Green's best friend and flying buddy Erin Hollemback just wants answers as to what brought his friend crashing to the ground.

"I feel like it was something beyond his control, or else he's be standing here talking today," he said.

AgFlight student Eric Hollemback said Green made no mayday call over the radio Tuesday, so they believe whatever happened, happened quickly.

Sadly Aaron Green suffered the same death as his father, who died in 1991 in a plane crash in northern California.

The FAA inspector says it could be several weeks until they release what they think caused Tuesday's crash.

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