MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - Key Lime Air officials have identified the pilot involved in the crash Monday night as Captain Lance McCaw.
The president issues a statement this afternoon.
"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw. Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident. Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son. He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."
A Key Lime Air propeller plane went down in rough weather Monday night near Camilla, as it was approaching the Albany airport.
Jan Richter, who monitors aviation for JACDEC, said cargo flight KG 308 took off from Panama City, FL airport (ECP, KECP) on a regular cargo flight to Albany, with only the pilot on board. The aircraft flew on a northeasterly heading maintaining its en-route altitude of 7,000 feet.
Richter said the plane was near Camilla's latitude, about 3,000 feet when flight data was lost.
Officials received a call just after 10 p.m. that a plane crashed at Mt. Zion Road and Mt. Zion Church Road. The coroner was called to the scene around 10:55 p.m.
Key Lime Air Director of Safety Michael Giovannini confirmed the plane belonged to their fleet and said the company would issue a press release in the coming hours. Giovannini could not confirm any flight itinerary.
Heavy rain and storms were in the area at the time, but it's not clear if that played a role in the crash.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are in route to the scene.
The Colorado based Key Lime Air has a fleet of over 30 aircraft and serves as a feeder for UPS air cargo operations.
SWGA Regional Airport statement-
"The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot's family. It was an unfortunate situation."
"Key Lime Air flight 308, a Fairchild SA-227 aircraft, crashed in a field in Mitchell County, GA at about 10:20 pm on December 5. Only the pilot was on board, local authorities will release the name and condition. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA when the accident occurred. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, you can reach NTSB at 202-314-6100. The FAA also is investigating."
Key Lime Air President Cliff Honeycutt issued the following statement:
"It is with sincere sorrow that we have confirmed a Key Lime Air aircraft, a Cargo Metroliner; has been involved in an accident. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Albany, GA. There were no passengers only the pilot on board. Sadly, we have received confirmation from the Mitchell County Sheriff Department that the pilot did not survive this accident.
Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation. All future information will come from the NTSB."
JACDEC reports that over 25 years, this is the sixth safety occurrence for the operator, and the 163rd safety occurrence of the Metroliner airplane.