Flight instructor killed in Peach County plane crash

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  The Peach County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a plane crash that left one person dead.

Authorities say the crash happened on Buckeye Road off Highway 96 around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Two people were on the plane when it went down.

Private flight instructor Bryan Powers died at the scene. The sheriff’s office tells 41NBC John Reynolds survived the crash and was taken to Navicent Health. Hospital officials report he is in stable condition.

“He was alert and conscious and talking, says Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. “So we don’t think that it’s anything very serious,”

The plane crash was just feet away from a nearby airstrip when it went down.

“There’s a private air strip that is right across the road, from where the plane is sitting now, the plane was headed in that direction,” added Sheriff Deese.

Investigators know the plane touched down in the field before it flipped over.

“A couple of people drove up on the scene, the people on the plane were still inside so they drug them out,” the sheriff said.

Deese says the rescuers feared the plane would catch on fire because they smelled fuel.

“We don’t know at this point whether they were attempting a landing or just training exercise.”

Authorities spoke to the owner of one of the near by airfields to try to figure out what happened.

“He does allow people to do training on it,” explained Deese. “So, that’s what he’s thinking they were doing.”

Sheriff Deese tells 41NBC federal investigators from the FAA and NTSB are working to determine what caused the crash.

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