Pilot injured in Peachtree City plane crash

by Wes Mayer

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Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Lt. Mark Brown of Peachtree City Police checks the wreckage of the plane that crashed Sunday near Falcon Field.


A Fayetteville man was listed Tuesday in serious condition after he crashed his light sport airplane near Falcon Field in Peachtree City on Sunday.

Around 9:20 a.m., emergency personnel with the Peachtree City Police Department and Fire Department responded to the north end of the Atlanta Regional Airport, Falcon Field, to assist in a plane crash, said Lt. Mark Brown with the police department. Responding officers arrived to find the Piper Light Sport airplane had crashed onto a paved road near Lake McIntosh, and the pilot, John Ritchey, was injured and entrapped inside.

Peachtree City police officers were first on scene and used fire extinguishers to reduce the chance of fire, and when units with the Peachtree City Fire Department arrived, they were able to extricate Ritchey from the plane, according to the police department’s Facebook page. Ritchey was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is still listed in serious condition, Brown said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration investigated the crash, and authorities were delayed in removing the plane from the road due to a live rocket-propelled parachute inside, according to the police department’s Facebook page.



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