Effingham Co. Man Dies in Plane Crash

An Effingham County man is dead after crashing his experimental plane. Police say Andrew "Jack" Johnson died when his plane went down around 6:30 Sunday night off of Goshen Road in Effingham County.

Emergency workers rushed to the crash site; however, Johnson had already died. They found his single-seat ultra-light experimental plane in pieces. Police say Johnson had been circling the Coldbrook Heights neighborhood when something went wrong.

"Witnesses say he was flying over the area," said Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. "All of a sudden, the plane rose upward and then turned over backward and spiraled to the ground and crashed."

Wayne McCullough also flies experimental planes. He knew Johnson through the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. "When we heard of the crash, my first reaction was, where did it happen? I knew it was Jack because he's the only one who flies on this end of the county," explained McCullough.

He will help investigators try to piece together what may have happened. "I personally know this aircraft," he said, "and it was in sound shape."

"It's tragic that we lost a member of our local club," McCullough added. "I feel for Jack's family. Jack is going to be sorely missed."

Reported by Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com