2 killed in plane crash
by Wes Mayer
Two men were killed Saturday after their plane crashed near the Coweta and Fayette county line.
The two men were identified as Albert Edward Ensell IV, 57, from Peachtree City and Charles Ronald Kephart, 50, said Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk. According to Hawk, Kephart had an Alaska driver’s license, but had recently been living in Peachtree City.
Both men died upon impact when their Cessna 150 aircraft crash landed in a group of trees off Highway 85 on the edge of Coweta County, Hawk said. There was no fire in the plane and the two men are believed to have died instantly, according to authorities.
Around 6 p.m., emergency units were dispatched to the area of Highway 85 and Line Creek to look for a small plane which reportedly never arrived at its destination, said Capt. Robby Flanagan with the Coweta County Fire Department. According to Flanagan, the plane took off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City Saturday morning and was flying to Savannah. A few hours later, when the plane still had not arrived, a family friend notified the authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration traced the aircraft. Authorities then discovered the plane’s last known location was somewhere northeast of Senoia.
However, emergency units were unable to locate the plane until 7:50 p.m., when a U.S. marshal followed the power line off the highway – near Line Creek – and discovered the wreckage in the trees, Flanagan said.
On Sunday, authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident, and the wreckage was removed from the site around 4:30 p.m. According to Luke Schiada with the NTSB, the pilot, Ensell, appeared to be attempting to make an emergency landing on a small dirt road, but collided with several trees.
The investigation is only in its beginning stages and it may be several weeks before the cause of the crash is determined, Schiada said.