Crash kills Georgia pilot, 71

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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