Update: 2 killed in Sumter Co. plane crash

Update: 2 killed in Sumter Co. plane crash

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - A Sumter County plane crash killed two people, according to officials.

Edd Anthony, 69, and Michael Cochran, 63, were killed in the crash, according to Pete Smith, Sumter County sheriff.


The crash:

The crash happened in a pecan orchard about a mile north of the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FAA officials said the crash happened at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The aircraft had just departed when the crash happened, according to the FAA.

The scene of the plane crash in Sumter County.
The scene of the plane crash in Sumter County. (Source: WALB)

The pecan orchard is in the 300 block of Old Andersonville Road.

The aircraft, a Cirrus SR22, just departed from an airport when the crash happened, FAA officials said.

A Cirrus SR22 plane. This is similar to the plane that crashed in Sumter County.
A Cirrus SR22 plane. This is similar to the plane that crashed in Sumter County. (Source: AP)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrived on the scene Wednesday afternoon. The GBI used a drone to map the crash scene.

FAA officials and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene.

DEVELOPING: A plane has crashed in an orchard in Sumter County. We are not sure if there was any injuries. Bradford Ambrose WALB and I will have more on WALB News 10 at 4 pm.

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The crash was discovered by workers in the pecan orchard.

The plane that crashed appears to be a small engine plane capable of only carrying two people, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials also said no one heard the crash and they are not sure if the plane was leaving, coming in or just going through.

Sumter Co. plane crash press conference

Some of those agencies include GBI and FAA.

Officials said there was a great amount of wreckage. Because of the amount of wreckage, a direct cause has not been determined.

The debris field is about the size of a football field, officials said.


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