Pilot dies after plane from Guilford Co. crashes in Georgia


Credit: WTOC

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A small plane that took off from Causey Airport in Liberty crashed near Savannah on Sunday.

Authorities found the wreckage in a marsh outside Savannah and are working to determine the cause of the incident.

A spokeswoman for the FAA said that the single-engine, 1968 Cessna 172 plane had been flying to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from Liberty on Sunday when it went missing.

Officials lost contact with the aircraft at 6:55 p.m. and one person was believed to be aboard.

Officer Gena Bilbo confirmed crews recovered the body of David Wentz, 46, around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Wentz was the pilot. No one else was on board.

WTOC reported Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, U.S. Coast Guard and state officials were involved in the search. The TV station reported the wreckage was found around 1 a.m.

An officer told WTOC someone near the Coffee Bluff Marina reported seeing a plane “dramatically losing altitude” about the same time it disappeared from radar.

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