Federal investigators probe Coweta plane crash

Federal investigators Sunday were on the scene of a small plane crash in southwest Coweta County that took the lives of two people.

The Cessna 150C took off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City Saturday shortly before 8 a.m. and apparently crashed not long after takeoff. Authorities identified the men killed in the crash as pilot Albert Endward Ensell IV, 57 of Peachtree City, and his brother-in-law Charles Ronald Kephart, 50.

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said Kephart had an Alaska driver’s license but had been living for some time in Peachtree City.

According to the FAA, a family friend alerted authorities when the plane failed to arrive at Eagle Neck Airport in Shellman Bluff south of Savannah. Authorities searched for much of the day before finding the wreckage in a wooded area near the Coweta-Fayette line.

Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transporation Safety Board, said investigators arrived at the scene of the crash Sunday and began inspecting the remains of the plane. Wreckage would be removed to an undisclosed site for further investigation, with an initial report expected in about a week, he said.

FAA records show the single-engine plane, built in 1963.