Two Cumming men were killed when a small experimental aircraft crashed Thursday night in Forsyth County.
The plane went down in a residential area off Shady Grove Road near the intersection with Lanier Drive, near Lake Lanier, around 7:45 p.m., Division Chief Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County Fire Department said. The county’s 911 center received several calls from residents in the area who heard and watched the plane hit the ground, Shivers said.
The pilot and a passenger, the only two aboard the single-engine plane, were both killed in the crash, Shivers said. No one on the ground was injured, he said.
Forsyth County Coroner Lauren W. McDonald III identified the two men killed as pilot Don Hershall Hall, 45, and his passenger, 40-year-old David Jason Schorr, both of Cumming. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
FAA records show that the plane, an RV7, was built by Hall in 2009. FAA investigators were headed to the scene late Thursday.
According to Forsyth sheriff’s Capt. Tim House, the plane took off from Stoney Point Airfield in south Forsyth County.
The plane wreckage blocked a busy roadway for several hours Thursday evening. But investigators were able to move the wreckage and re-open the road around midnight.
The wreckage was moved to the side of the road, where it will remain overnight for investigators, Shivers said. Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies were expected to remain at the scene overnight, he said.
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