Pilot killed, thousands without power after single-engine plane crash near Cave Spring, officials say

Officials investigate a plane crash near Cave Spring, Georgia on March 29, 2021. (Brent Wheeler / FOX 5 viewer)

Georgia Power says crews worked well into the morning to repair a transmission line structure clipped by a plane early Monday evening. The plane then crashed, killing the pilot, officials say.

The Floyd County Police Department says it happened off of Davis Road around 5:45 p.m. about a mile outside the city limits of Cave Spring. Police say a witness saw the plane go down into a cleared ravine and immediately called 911.

Only the pilot was aboard at the time of the crash, the FAA reported. The pilot was killed in the crash. Their name has not been released.

Officials say the plane was an Aviat Husky A-1 which is described as being a tandem two-seat, high-wing, utility light aircraft.

Police say the plane took down at least one power line, sparking a brushed fire about 100 yards from the plane crash. Georgia Power is reporting about 1,700 people were left without power in and around Cave Spring.

Residents told police they have seen the plane flying over the area this past weekend and earlier on Monday. Other witnesses told police they didn't observe any difficulty with the plane before the crash.

David Road was closed for several hours while crews worked to restore power and officials investigated the crash scene.

The FAA said it is investigating the crash.

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