Three killed in small plane crash at LaGrange Airport

benw@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 22, 2014 

A Beechcraft Baron crashed Saturday at LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange, killing all three people aboard the small plane, authorities said.

The names of the victims have not been released, pending the notification of relatives. Two died at the scene of the crash and one died at the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, an official said. Two of the victims were from Peachtree City north of LaGrange.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the crash of the twin-engine aircraft occurred at 2:20 p.m.

LaGrange police identified them as 60-year-old Vincent Michael Rossetti; 69-year-old Willy Lutz; and 53-year-old Jeffery Van Curtis, all from nearby Peachtree City.

In a preliminary report, officials said a glider and the plane towing it were in the area when the Beechcraft was on its final approach to land.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA. A probable cause of the crash will be determined by the NTSB, Bergen said.

The airport with two runways is located about 45 miles north of Columbus. It serves general and business aviation users and is the host airfield for the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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