Small plane crashes in Peachtree City near Lake McIntosh Park and the Planterra Ridge Golf Club.
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Photo: Photos from @dshugan/Twitter

Small plane crashes in Peachtree City

A 55-year-old Fayetteville man was critically injured when he crashed his small plane Sunday morning at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

John Ritchey was the only person in his Piper LightSport when he crashed on Atlanta Regional Airport runway 31 toward the end of the field around 9:20 a.m., authorities said.

Ritchey was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lt. Mark Brown of the Peachtree City Police Department was still on the scene as of 11:15 a.m. and was waiting for representatives of the National Transportation and Safety Board to arrive and begin their investigation, he said. The Federal Aviation Administration also was investigating the cause of the crash.

Brown said the crash site is near Lake McIntosh Park and the Planterra Ridge Golf Club.

—Staff writer Taylor West contributed to this report.

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