• 1 dead after plane crash in Cherokee Co.

    By: Steve Gehlbach , Matt Johnson

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    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - A pilot is dead after an overnight plane crash in Cherokee County.

    The plane went down just short of the Cherokee County Regional Airport.

    No one else was on board the plane.

    The pilot who died in the crash was identified as Steven Silver, 69, of Woodstock.

    Friends said he was a family man and a Vietnam veteran who loved to fly. 

    "He liked flying a lot, from conversations I had with him, and I know that he liked to fly himself versus flying commercial," neighbor Dave Greenstein said. 

    Neighbors told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that Silver was on his way back from a business trip in Oklahoma. 


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    The plane was registered to a man out of Oklahoma, but it expired last month.

    Investigators were at the scene near Airport Drive into Saturday afternoon.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to them as they gathered evidence at the crash site.  

    He learned firefighters could not get to the plane at first.

    The plane snapped a power pole in half when it crashed.

    There were live wires across the road and the crash site, down the hill

     

     

    Crews removed the wreckage Saturday afternoon. 

    Federal investigators are working to determine what caused the crash. 

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