Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N6143J: Fatal accident occurred December 19, 2018 near Blairsville Airport (KDZJ), Union County, Georgia

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia


Crashed due to unknown circumstances. 

Date: 20-DEC-18
Time: 00:36:00Z
Regis#: N6143J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A friend and colleague says the people killed in the Blairsville plane crash were nurses and a pharmacist. He shared these photos of them and the sole survivor, in the black shirt.

A small plane crash near a North Georgia airport killed three people and sent a fourth person to an area hospital in critical condition, authorities confirmed.

The single-engine Piper plane crashed near the Blairsville Municipal Airport on Wednesday just after 7:30 p.m., the Union County Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

The three people killed were identified Thursday as Blairsville residents: 56-year-old Robert Atkinson, 55-year-old Renea Greiner and 50-year-old Michelle Seay.

The injured person was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition, officials said.

The victims were nurses and a pharmacist who were well-known in the community, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The plane was found next to an open field near the airport, officials said.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

Union County borders North Carolina, and Blairsville is about 100 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ajc.com

UNION COUNTY, Ga. - Three people are dead after a small plane crashed in northeast Georgia.

The crash happened in a wooded area near the Union County Airport in Blairsville just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Union County borders North Carolina, and Blairsville is about 100 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The victims who died have been identified as Robert Atkinson, 56; Renea Greiner, 55; and Michelle Seay, 50.

Emergency Management officials said a fourth person was on the plane and survived. First responders airlifted that victim to a hospital. She's in critical condition.

Jared Eggleston worked with the victims and he called them friends.

Eggleston said Atkinson's passions were flying his plane and caring for the patients at his Blairsville pharmacy.

"He would try to find any way possible to make sure the patient got what they needed," Eggleston said.

Eggleston said the women who died were nurses in Blue Ridge. He said they helped a lot of people over the years.

"They'll be remembered for the love and care they had for everybody. I mean, they've done a lot for the people of Blue Ridge," Eggleston said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are looking through the wreckage. It could take up to a year to officially release the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wsbtv.com

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