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Pilot dies in Crisp County plane crash

CRISP COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A Crisp County pilot died Sunday morning after crashing his small plane Saturday evening.

His plane overshot the runway as he was taking off from the Crisp County Airport around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Family and friends say 62-year old Wayne Castleberry was doing touch-and-goes when his plane went down in a field across from the airport along Blackshear road.

"Oh, my goodness, I was devastated," said his Aunt, Irene Barnard. "It's really a shock."

Barnard and other family members came down as soon as they heard the news. Sheriff's deputies say, right now, it's tough to say how he crashed his 1947 Cessna 120. After they tried to resuscitate him several times, EMS crews rushed Castleberry to Crisp County Regional Hospital where he died overnight Sunday.

"The way it took off and banked, it didn't quite get above the trees. It's really hard to tell," said Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson.

"He was able to solo on his own and was trying get his hours in, is my understanding, so he could fly with other people," Haralson said.

Federal ,Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety board officials investigated the scene in the air and on the ground all day Sunday.

"It's so sad to see it end in this way," said his close friend, Greg Turton.

Similar to Turton, flying flowed through his blood. Castleberry had recently retired, and he was logging flight hours in order to get his private license to fly others around.

"Every time he came to the airport, he always wanted to know how you're doing," Turton noted. "Nobody would do anymore for you than Mr. Wayne."

Family members say Castleberry died doing what he loved. The FAA and NTSB will be out here all day investigating, trying to get answers to what caused his plane to go down.

A representative from Cessna is also assessing the scene. We hope to have more details from the investigation soon. Castleberry was survived by his wife and his son.

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