Pilot of a small plane might have ignored advice from metro Atlanta airport staff, NTSB says

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators told Channel 2 Action News the pilot of a small plane might have ignored advice from airport staff before he crashed.

According to the investigation, the plane left Cherokee County Airport in Canton Thursday and crashed in Dawson County around 8:17 p.m. on Jan. 12.

Deputies said the next day at 9:12 a.m. they received reports of a possible plane crash in Dawson Forest.

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The National Transportation Safety Board revealed the final moments before the plane crashed into the Dawson forest.

The investigation states minutes after takeoff, the plane quickly descended, before spiraling down into the Dawson forest. When officers with DCSO, Dawson County Emergency Services, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol arrived, they located the plane’s crash site.

The pilot did not survive.


The preliminary report said the pilot had originally agreed to wait until the next day to fly due to clouds and lightning, passing through the area. But instead, the pilot returned that evening and took off, on the way to Virginia.

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