Pilot identified in fatal plane crash in Gordon County - CBS46 News

Pilot identified in fatal plane crash in Gordon County

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Aerial view of the crash site Aerial view of the crash site
CALHOUN, GA (CBS46/AP) -

The Gordon County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a small, single-engine plane crashed in Calhoun on Monday afternoon, killing the pilot.

Tuesday, that pilot was identified as 73-year-old Roy Gardner Russom of Calhoun, according to the Associated Press.

Russom's plane crashed into a wooded area around 2:15 p.m. just after departing the Tom B. David Airport on Salem Road.

Russom was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash.

The FAA identified the plane as an amateur-built experimental Hunnel H5 aircraft and said the plane burst into flames when it crashed. 

Witnesses told CBS Atlanta News that Russom was seen working on the plane prior to takeoff. They also said it was the first flight for the plane.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

CBSAtlanta.com will have more information as it becomes available.

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