Michigan couple killed in Oconee County plane crash identified

Robert and Sandra Denton (Denton Family)

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people who were killed when their plane crashed on April 26 in Watkinsville. They were 76-year-old Robert Denton and 75-year-old Sandra Denton of Williamsburg, Michigan. It appears the Dentons were also had a home in Florida. 

According to the Denton family, Robert and Sarah were seasoned pilots. They were flying their single-engine Cessna 177B from Leesburg, Florida, to Barrow County Airport in Winder. The family says that "Robert and Sandra lived life to the fullest and were two of the most thoughtful and loving people you could know." They also say that they take comfort knowing they were together and doing what they loved, flying.

The Denton family thanked the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and first responders who were at the crash scene.

The cause of the crash has not been released. It is currently under investigation. 


Two people were killed in a single-engine plane crash in Oconee County on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. just off of Government Station Road near Watkinsville.

Flightaware.com shows the Cessna 177B was flying from Central Florida.

The FAA says two people were aboard at the time of the crash.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have found debris in the area of Stonebridge Parkway and Latham Drive which appears to have come from a plane, to contact authorities immediately.

The names of those on board have not been released.

The FAA and NTSB are investigation. The NTSB say investigators will be looking into if weather played a role in the crash.

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