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Small plane crashes at Ga. airport, leaving three dead

- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2014

Three men are dead after their small plane crashed at an airport in LaGrange, Ga., on Saturday.

The Beechcraft Baron aircraft left Panama City Beach at 9:15 a.m. and crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport at 2:20 p.m. Two of the men died at the scene and another died at nearby Columbus Medical Center, a local news station reported.

The victims have been identified as Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60, Willy Lutz, 69 and Jeffery Van Curtis, 53, all of Peachtree, Ga.

Witnesses told WSB-TV that the men were regulars at the airport. They said the aircraft was doing a practice maneuver called "shoot instrument approach" at the time of the crash. The plane was apparently trying to avoid a glider when it stalled and the plane nosedived.

Firefighter Rusty Miller said the fire department was on the scene and responded in seconds.

"No smoke or fire, just impacted the ground and still people trapped inside," said Miller, a retired Air Force pilot. "When we got out there there was really nothing to do."

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