Plane crash victim now in serious condition

by Wes Mayer

Lawrence Kelly, one of the men injured in a single-engine plane crash in northern Coweta County July 26, is no longer in critical condition.

According to Nicole Gustin with Atlanta Medical Center, Kelly has been upgraded to serious condition. Kelly has been treated at Atlanta Medical Center since the accident, but the plane’s other passenger, Larry Lee, who was originally listed as in serious condition, was released a few days afterward.

Just before 4 p.m. on July 26, units with the Coweta County Fire Department were dispatched to a single-engine plane crash off Sewell Mill Road in northern Coweta. According to Assistant Fire Chief Alan Smith, Engine 2 arrived to find the single-winged, World War II-era plane had crashed in the woods about 100 to 200 feet from the road, and crews had to cut through a barbed wire fence to access the crash.

Both Lee and Kelly were entrapped and had to be extricated – the first was extricated by about 16 minutes after firefighters arrived, and the second patient was extricated after more than 40 minutes. The second patient suffered from multiple fractures and facial trauma, Smith said.

The two men were transported to Atlanta Medical Center in separate helicopters. When they arrived, Kelly was listed in critical condition, and Lee was listed in serious condition.

According to investigators, the plane Lee and Kelly were flying was a Ryan ST3KR, a sport trainer plane originally built in the early 1940s. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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