Crash kills Georgia pilot, 71

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 11:03 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The pilot of an experimental plane died Saturday after his single-engine aircraft plunged into a grassy field at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport, an official said.

George Wade, 71, of Columbus died in the crash, Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The plane had taken off from the airport when it immediately experienced engine problems. The pilot of the small craft tried to return to the airport when the aircraft crashed on its nose.

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nnaugusta 08/19/12 - 12:35 pm
Sad story. Mr. Wade was a

Sad story. Mr. Wade was a polular pilot and trainer. The pilot/instructor was attempting the “Impossible Turn” ...the very risky maneuver of attempting to turn back to the runway after a takeoff engine failure instead of looking ahead. We are warned about this early on in our flight training and I'm sure he taught this no no hundreds of times during his career but once in the air, your survival instinct takes over.

Condolences to his family and friends.

shelby547 08/19/12 - 03:21 pm

This is sad to see happen. Prayers for his family

Ranger Babygirl
Ranger Babygirl 08/20/12 - 12:29 pm
MSG Airborne Ranger George Wade

Ranger Wade is my grandfather. He was the only person I ever flew with and he used every precaution to ensure a safe flight. The "Impossible Turn" is only used when all other safe measures of landing have been tried. I can say this with a clear understanding of his intentions, he attempted this in order to protect the people below, otherwise many others would have been injured or worse. Even at the end, he was a true Ranger, protecting the innocent and now he will lead the way Home. Our family thanks you for your prayers. ~Rangers Lead The Way~

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