Plane wreckage found along Georgia coast

— U.S. Coast Guard crews and others searching Tuesday for two people who were aboard a small plane that went missing near Georgia’s coastline found debris suspected to be pieces of the plane’s battery and luggage in a marshy area.

The twin-engine plane disappeared from radar Monday evening in the St. Simons Island area. Residents heard “crash-like noises” near Grant Creek on Mackay River, authorities have said.

The Piper PA-44 is believed to have crashed four miles east of the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport shortly after 7 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The plane departed from Concord, N.C., and was destined for Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig Field in Florida, the FAA said.

The Coast Guard, sheriff’s officials and Georgia Department of Natural Resources crews reported “multiple debris fields consistent with a small plane crash” but had not yet located the passengers as of Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities using sonar devices found objects in a marshy area of water roughly 12 to 15 feet deep, National Transportation Safety Board Air Safety Investigator Shawn Etcher said during a news conference.

“At this time, they’ve only been able to pull small pieces out of the water,” he said, adding that the NTSB hasn’t officially identified the plane since the debris didn’t carry any of its identifying information.

Concord city spokesman Peter Franzese told the Independent-Tribune of Concord, N.C., that the plane was operated by ATP Flight School out of the Concord Regional Airport. Franzese said FAA records show the plane that departed the city for Jacksonville, Fla., was registered to ATP Aircraft 2 LLC in Wilmington, Del. A call to ATP wasn’t answered Tuesday evening, and an FAA spokesman said she couldn’t confirm the information until local authorities release the IDs of people on board.

Debris suspected to be pieces of the plane’s battery, pieces of luggage and an exterior component have been pulled from the water, Etcher said.

The debris was concentrated in a relatively small space and divers were searching along with boats from several law enforcement agencies, Etcher said. The debris was located near Wally’s Leg, an area of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, said Sgt. Chris Hodge of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The cause of the crash is unclear and the identities of the people on board haven’t been released.

Man Charged In Crash That Killed His Newlywed Bride

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is facing charges in a crash that killed his newlywed wife as they drove back from their wedding reception.

Georgia State Patrol officials say 28-year-old Ryan Quinton is charged with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane in the Dec. 29 crash that killed 25-year-old Kali Dobson. Authorities say Quinton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.114. Georgia’s legal limit to drive is .08 percent.

Cherokee County sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker says Quinton was released from jail on $25,000 bond Wednesday night.

Officials have said Quinton was trying to avoid hitting a dog and Dobson was ejected from the vehicle when it veered off the road.

It’s unclear if Quinton has an attorney and a message left at a number listed for him wasn’t immediately returned.

Georgia Plane Crash Kills 3

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Three people were fatally injured Saturday when a small plane crashed at an airport in west Georgia.

Two occupants of the plane died on the scene and one died later at a hospital in Columbus, according to LaGrange Fire Department Lt. Chris Taylor.

LaGrange police identified them as 60-year-old Vincent Michael Rossetti; 69-year-old Willy Lutz; and 53-year-old Jeffery Van Curtis. All three were from nearby Peachtree City.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange. She said three people were aboard.

The plane was registered to Executive Aircraft Storage LLC based in Peachtree City, according to FAA online records.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.

Taylor told the LaGrange Daily News ( the plane nosedived into the ground at 2:07 p.m. He said federal officials would be on the scene all weekend.

The LaGrange newspaper reported that several people at the airport said the Beechcraft was practicing touch-and-go maneuvers on one runway and a second plane towing a glider was moving down another intersecting runway.

A photo from the LaGrange Daily News shows the crashed airplane intact, with its badly-damaged nose in the ground and its fuselage and tail section in the air.

LaGrange is about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Freight train strikes movie crew on railroad tracks, killing 1, injuring 7 – Las Vegas Review

JESUP, Ga. — A movie crew was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad when a freight train crashed into the production team and its equipment, killing one and injuring seven others, a sheriff’s investigator said Friday.

The Savannah-based crew was shooting footage for “Midnight Rider,” a film based on the life of singer Gregg Allman, when the crash happened Thursday afternoon. Wayne County sheriff’s detectives were working Friday to piece together how and why it happened.

The deadly collision took place at a railroad trestle that crosses the Altamaha River in the rural county about 60 miles southwest of Savannah. The tracks, owned by CSX Railroad, cross private land owned by forest-products company Rayonier, which has a nearby paper mill. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, said the crew had Rayonier’s permission to film on its property next to the train tracks.

“CSX has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks,” Gardner told reporters.

The train struck and killed a woman identified by the sheriff’s department as 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones of Atlanta. Gardner said he didn’t know what job she performed on the film crew. Seven others were injured, one seriously enough to be taken by helicopter to a Savannah hospital. Further information on their conditions was not immediately available Friday.

Trespassing onto railroad tracks is illegal under Georgia law and punishable as a misdemeanor.

Production of “Midnight Rider,” starring actor William Hurt as the Allman Brothers singer in his later years and All-American Rejects vocalist Tyson Ritter as a young Allman, began this month in coastal Georgia. The film is based on Allman’s 2012 memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” with production based at Meddin Studios in Savannah.

The film studio Friday referred calls to a Los Angeles publicist, Nadine Jolson, who did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment but emailed a brief statement.

“All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today,” the studio’s statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”

CSX issued a statement saying the railroad company was “deeply saddened” by the crash and cooperating with investigators. It provided no further details other than to say the train involved was traveling to Savannah from Memphis, Tenn.

A CSX spokeswoman, Kristin Seay, declined to comment further and would not confirm that film crew had no permission from the railroad to be working on the train tracks.

Authorities provided few details about the collision. Gardner said it wasn’t clear if crew members were actually on the trestle bridging the river or just on the tracks at the river’s edge. He said the train smashed some of the crew’s equipment, and it’s possible some of the injuries were caused by flying debris. Among the items found on the tracks was what appeared to be a mattress for a bed, Gardner said.

It also wasn’t clear if the film crew was waiting to film a train or was caught unaware by one approaching, Gardner said.

“That’s a very active train track,” he said. “There’s probably anywhere from up to 10 trains a day that go through on those tracks.”

Cortlandt Manor mourns Capt. Clayton Carpenter, killed in helicopter crash in …

Published: January 20, 2014 6:09 PM

Capt. Clayton Carpenter was a graduate of Lakeland

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Capt. Clayton Carpenter was a graduate of Lakeland High School and West Point. (1/20/14)

CORTLANDT MANOR – A Cortlandt Manor native was killed in a helicopter crash last week, leaving his hometown in mourning.

Capt. Clayton Carpenter, 31, was piloting a Blackhawk helicopter in a training mission when Pentagon officials say it made a “hard landing.” Carpenter was killed in the accident and two other soldiers were injured. The accident happened at the Hunter Army Airfield, outside of Savannah, Georgia.

Carpenter graduated from Lakeland High School in 2001, where he was a star athlete, and won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 2005. Carpenter’s devastated family is asking for privacy, but people in town say they’re also sadddened by the news.

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“When it’s a local, it’s somebody you come across at the supermarket, or something like that, it definitely strikes closer to home,” says Cortlandt Manor resident Dan Marangiello.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Yorktown Funeral Home, though specific details have not yet been released.

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1 killed in Army helicopter ‘hard landing’ in Ga.

One U.S. soldier was killed, and two others were injured late Wednesday when an Army helicopter made a ”hard landing” during a training mission.

The incident, involving a MH-60 Black Hawk chopper attached to an elite Army helicopter unit, occurred at an airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Maj. Allen Hill said the Black Hawk was returning from a routine training flight to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah when it made a “hard landing” on or near the airstrip.

The names of the dead and injured soldiers were not immediately released. 

The crew belongs to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which trains to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Also called the Night Stalkers, the unit has a battalion based in Savannah.

The crash is the third fatal accident in little more than a week involving a U.S. military helicopter on a training mission.

Three sailors died Jan. 8 after their Navy Sea Dragon chopper went down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.

Also on Jan. 8, A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England, killing all four crew members aboard.

— The Associated Press

Army Copter Crash Kills 1, Injures 2

January 16, 2014 by  

FORT STEWART, Ga. (UPI) — One person has died and two others were injured in the crash of a U.S. Army helicopter in Georgia, military officials said.

The aircraft made a “hard landing” at Hunter Army Airfield at Fort Stewart, Ga., Wednesday night, Army officials told WSAV.

The helicopter was with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

An Army spokesman, Maj. Allen Hill, told WSAV there was no known mechanical issue.

No other details were available.

Army copter crash kills 1, injures 2

FORT STEWART, Ga., Jan. 16 (UPI) — One person has died and two others were injured in the crash of a U.S. Army helicopter in Georgia, military officials said.

The aircraft made a “hard landing” at Hunter Army Airfield at Fort Stewart, Ga., Wednesday night, Army officials told WSAV-TV, Savannah, Ga.

The helicopter was with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

An Army spokesman, Maj. Allen Hill, told WSAV there was no known mechanical issue.

No other details were available.

New bride dies in crash after leaving wedding reception in Georgia – WBTW


Georgia State Patrol officials say a newlywed bride was killed in a crash hours after her wedding reception in north Georgia.

State patrol officials told WSB-TV that Kali Shay Dobson, age 25, was thrown from a car Sunday night in Ball Ground after the car she and her husband were riding in rolled into an embankment.

A neighbor, Chris Thomas, says the groom was stumbling up the road with a bloodied, torn shirt after the crash. Thomas says he called 911 and tried comforting the man with a prayer while they waited for emergency responders to arrive.

The new husband, Ryan Patrick Quinton, age 27, was driving a Firebird that overturned, CBS Atlanta reported.

Investigators have said the groom told them he swerved to miss a dog that ran into the road.

Kali Dobson was ejected in the crash and then was trapped under the car, CBS Atlanta reported.

Friends and family were devastated by the tragic news. On Facebook, many commented about how much they loved Dobson and will miss her.

One friend posted a comment with a photo of Dobson taken at the wedding in which she is holding a carved plaque that has the date of the wedding with the phrase “Forever Ever, Amen.”

“If only we had known just how true this statement was going to be. Rest forever in the arms of our Lord sweet girl,” wrote Gaylon Mathews.

Authorities say they’ll conduct a blood test to determine whether any charges will be filed.

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