As of Monday, September 30, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A small plane headed for Jackson from Florida crashed outside Thomaston Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said Claude Nardy and Vera Allen, both of McDonough, went down in the 1940s Aeronca Chief just before 1 p.m. in a rural area near Logtown Road, 10 miles outside Thomaston.
Nardy, the pilot, was taken to Upson Regional Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries, Kilgore said. He said Allen, the only passenger on board, appeared to be unharmed in the crash.
Kilgore said the pair had been headed to Jackson from Dog Island, Fla., when the pilot reported running out of fuel. The sheriff described heavy damage to several areas of the single-engine plane, including a wing, the tail and propeller. He said after the crash, the Upson 911 center was able to locate the crash site by using the cell phone signal from the victims’ call for help.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the agency is investigating the crash. The plane, manufactured in 1941, is registered to Nardy in Franklin County, Fla.