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Pilot ID'ed in fatal Tift Co. plane crash


The Tift County Sheriff's Office identified the pilot killed in a Friday crash as Michael Elliott Leadley, age 39.

Federal Aviation Administration officials converged on a field in Tift County Friday where his small plane crashed. 

Leadley was the only person on board.

The Tift County EMS, the Tift/Tifton Fire Department and the Tift County Sheriff's office arrived on scene shortly after the Piper PA 28 aircraft crashed in the field

"This plane is in several pieces.  Our folks have taken photographs of the scene and FAA told us once we get our photographs it was okay to cover the scene there," said Lt. Col. Robert Brannen, Tift County Sheriff's Office. 

FAA officials said the plane was heading from Merritt Island, Florida to LaGrange, Georgia.


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