2 injured in Coweta County plane crash



COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - Two people remain hospitalized following a small plane crash in Coweta County.

It happened on Sewell Mill Road in Newnan at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officials said two people were on board the single-engine plane and both survived.

Investigators said the two men on board, Larry Lee and Lawrence Kelly, were airlifted to the hospital. As of Sunday morning, Lee is in serious condition and Kelly is in critical condition.

The plane was having difficulty and the pilot tried to land the plane, but was unable to and ended up crashing in a wooded area, according to investigators.

According to Federal Aviation Administration investigators, the plane was a Ryan ST3KR, a World War II open canopy aircraft, which crashed in Newnan. The plane crashed under unknown circumstances in the Saw Mill and Fuller Gordon areas of town.

Coweta Fire Capt. Craig Sherrer was one of the first on scene and said the two men on board, both middle-aged, were alert and talking, but badly injured.

“One guy (was) entrapped pretty badly; it took us a few minutes to get him out, probably about 20 minutes. It was a difficult extrication," Sherrer said.

Crews on scene said it attempted to land on a private grassy airstrip but crashed in a wooded area only feet from the road.