Plane crashes shortly after take off in Coffee County - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Plane crashes shortly after take off in Coffee County

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) –A small plane crashed just after take off from the Coffee County airport this afternoon.The plane went down shortly before 1:30pm in some woods near Willacoochee highway.

According to a spokesperson from the FAA,The pilot was practicing touch and go's when he crashed at the end of the south runway.

He was the only person on board and bystanders helped pull him out of the wreckage. He was taken to Coffee Regional Hospital and later taken to a trauma center in Savannah. The FAA says his injuries appear to be non life threatening.

"It appears it had some mechanical problems and had been worked on by the pilot and then took back off and some of the bystanders heard some traffic plane looked like it was in distress and heard the crash," said Chief Scott Merritt, Coffee Co. Fire Rescue.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the pilot but the plane was registered to Thomas Newman of Florida.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man in FLA hospital after I-75 chase, wreck

    Man in FLA hospital after I-75 chase, wreck

    Monday, March 27 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-03-27 18:09:27 GMT
    (Source: SPUI-Public-domain-Wikimedia-Commons)(Source: SPUI-Public-domain-Wikimedia-Commons)

    Last Thursday, in the pre-dawn hours, a man led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a wreck that left him with critical injuries. 

    More >>

    Last Thursday, in the pre-dawn hours, a man led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a wreck that left him with critical injuries. 

    More >>
  • Will FEMA extend Monday's registration deadline?

    Will FEMA extend Monday's registration deadline?

    Monday, March 27 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-03-27 16:16:41 GMT

    With less than 7 hours to go before the last FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in South Georgia closes permanently, and the deadline to register with FEMA expires, the staff is seeing a steady flow of people seeking help.  

    More >>

    With less than 7 hours to go before the last FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in South Georgia closes permanently, and the deadline to register with FEMA expires, the staff is seeing a steady flow of people seeking help.  

    More >>
  • Thomas schools increase security after social 'threat'

    Thomas schools increase security after social 'threat'

    Monday, March 27 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-03-27 15:51:54 GMT
    (WALB image)(WALB image)

    The Thomas County School Messenger says that the system beefed up school security today, after a social media threat, that it deemed 'vague and not credible." 

    More >>

    The Thomas County School Messenger says that the system beefed up school security today, after a social media threat, that it deemed 'vague and not credible." 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly