Pilot, 1 passenger hospitalized after small aircraft crash on Crosswinds Golf Course

Small plane crash on Crosswinds Golf Course

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A small, general aviation aircraft crashed on the Crosswinds Golf Course, west of Savannah/HHI International airport, at about 9 p.m. Friday.

According to airport officials, the pilot and one passenger were airlifted to a hospital. The pilot has been identified as 64-year-old Robert J. Mayer, of Miami, FL. He is listed in critical condition.

The aircraft has been identified as a Piper Cherokee Arrow, with the tail number N9312N. It is registered with BlueJay Aviation, LLC. Officials say the plane was en route to Savannah, after departing from Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.

The scene is now clear, but the area will continue to be closed off while officials investigate. All flights are good to go.

Savannah Fire, Airport Police, and Fire responded to the scene, according to an official. The 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard responded with three firetrucks and eight personnel. They found the plane resting in a tree line, west of runway 10.

There are no delays in tee times or plans to close the golf course.

The Federal Aviation Administration regional office is currently investigating on behalf of the NTSB.

WTOC will continue to update this story as more details are released.

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