Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call regarding a plane crash last night shortly before 12:15 this morning at West Hangar Drive near the Cherokee County Airport.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find that thetwin engine Cessna 421 plane had hit a power line, breaking a nearby pole, and crashing inside a fenced area in a bank near a retention pole. The plane caught fire but was quickly extinguished by firefighters
Firefighters did not enter immediately as one of the broken power lines was across the metal fence. Lineman from Georgia Power were dispatched to the scene to be sure power was cut from the lines. Once firefighters were able to get inside the fenced area, the found the 69 year old pilot and pronounced him dead on the scene. After a further search, firefighters determined that there were no other passengers on board.
Members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of the crash until members of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived later in the morning.