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Published On: Sun, Feb 23rd, 2014

Vincent Rossetti, Willy Lutz, Jeff Van Curtis identified as victims in Atlanta plane crash

A small plane crashed at a Georgia airport, about an hour west of Atlanta, killing all three passengers.

photo is screenshot of coverage by WSB TV

photo is screenshot of coverage by WSB TV

LaGrange police identified the three men as Vincent Michael Rossetti, age 60; Willy Lutz, age 69 and Jeffrey Van Curtis, age 53 – all three from the nearby town Peachtree City.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange. She said three people were aboard.

The plane was registered to Executive Aircraft Storage LLC based in Peachtree City, according to FAA online records.

Two occupants of the plane died on the scene and one died later at a hospital in Columbus, according to LaGrange Fire Department Lt. Chris Taylor.

Taylor said the plane nosedived Saturday afternoon, shortly after 2 pm.

Witnesses said the three men were ‘regulars’ at the airport, according to WSBTV, and that two of the people onboard were doctors.  

Rusty Miller, a retired Air Force pilot, told LaGrange News that he did not see the crash but heard it and ran up to the scene — but said there was nothing to be done. He told the website that the two passengers up front were trapped under the front instrument panel dashboard.

Witnesses said the plane was doing a practice move called ‘shoot instrument approach’ — and that the plane was trying to avoid hitting a glider when it crashed to the ground, WSBTV reports.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.

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