Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cessna 172C, N288GB: Accident occurred July 29, 2016 in Gray, Jones County, Georgia

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

Date: 29-JUL-16
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N288GB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: GRAY
State: Georgia


A small plane crashed in Jones County on Friday afternoon.

A private plane carrying two passengers and a dog crashed in Jones County on the Otis Redding “Big O” Ranch about 3:45 p.m., said Sheriff Butch Reese with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. No significant injuries were reported.

The four-seat Cessna 172 clipped two trees while preparing to land at Macon Downtown Airport about 20 miles away. The plane was flying from Tennessee, Reese said. 

Patrick McLaughlin, 45, the pilot, and passenger, Linda Hedgepeth, 48, were traveling to the area to visit family, said Captain Jimmy Black with the sheriff’s office.

While no injuries were reported, both passengers were taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health, for evaluation.

When medical personnel and police arrived on scene, Hedgepeth was out of the plane and walking, while McLaughlin was “still dazed” in the cockpit, Reese said.

The pilot told officers he believed the plane was beginning to lose power during the flight.

The dog was uninjured and being cared for at the sheriff’s office.


A plane crashed at the Big O Ranch in Jones County at about 3:45 p.m. Friday, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Butch Reece says two people and a dog were on board. The couple was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff. 

The dog was taken to the Sheriff's office.

The Redding family was not harmed, Sheriff Reece said.

The plane was from out of the state. Reese said and apparently headed to Macon. Sheriff Reece says the pilot thinks it may have been an electrical issue that caused the crash.

"The pilot told us he thought it was losing power. He didn't know if it was fuel. They fueled up in Jasper, Tennessee according to the female coming into Macon for an event. I think they have local connections or might have lived here in Macon. We're unsure right now because they were both quite groggy," says Sheriff Reece.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the plane crash. WMAZ spoke to the family that lives on the Otis Redding Ranch, but they declined to comment on the plane crash.

Story and video:

JONES COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) -- A small plane crashed Friday afternoon at Otis Redding's Big "O" Ranch.

Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece said 45-year-old Patrick McLaughlin and 48-year-old Melinda Hedgepeth were flying from Tennessee to Macon in a private Cessna-172C when the aircraft started to lose power.

When the couple attempted to land the plane, it clipped a tree and spun into a number of cedar trees.

No one was hurt in the crash. Reece said the female passenger was able to walk away from the accident and that the male pilot was dazed but appeared to be okay.

A dog was also in the plane and will be kept overnight at an animal hospital for minor injuries. Reece said the dog is expected to recover.

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to investigate the crash.


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