The pilot of a single engine plane was killed Friday afternoon when he crashed in a wooded area on Jacobs Road off Ware Street Extension.
Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright confirmed the fatality. Coroner William Wilson was on scene of the crash, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. The name of the pilot has not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin. Wright also said the area has been secured awaiting investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The single engine propeller plane was reportedly a part of the Red Star Fly-In taking place this weekend. The Red Star Pilots Association, based in Virginia, was scheduled to hold a “fly in” today-Sunday at the Waycross-Ware County Regional Airport.
The Red Star Association holds fly-ins to display their planes and demonstrate their abilities in air shows featuring aerobatics and simulated bombing runs.
Chief Wright said reports indicate at least two planes were participating in maneuvers over Pierce County when they reportedly collided. One plane was able to make it back to the Waycross-Ware County Airport. The other reportedly crashed into the field.
A timber crew was cutting a tract of trees in an area off Hyler Lane, when the plane crashed. The aircraft was missing its tail and crashed into the ground and burst into flames just short of an 18 wheel log truck.
More information will be included in the Oct. 26 edition of The Times.