Victims identified in deadly Barrow Co. plane crash

Victims of fatal plane crash identified

WINDER, Ga. -- The victims of a deadly plane crash Feb. 16 near Winder have been identified as Hank and Shannon Ewing.

Family members say Hank Ewing was a flight instructor, and had acquired a hanger at the Barrow County airport in December, according to airport manager Wanda Mitchell.  Shannon Ewing, Hank's uncle, had expressed interest in learning to fly, according to family.

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Family members say Shannon and his nephew took off in Hank's plane Thursday morning, landed safely, then re-boarded again around 1:45pm.  A passerby later spotted the plane's debris about 15 minutes later Thursday afternoon. 

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The two men were killed when their single engine Beechcraft C23 plane crashed off the end of the runway into pine trees near the road.  Investigators say one of the men on board had purchased the plane earlier this month.  It was built in 1973.

It is still unclear who was piloting the plane when it crashed.  The debris was located near the south end of the runway.  Thursday was breezy in metro Atlanta.  "We do know there were clear daylight conditions at the time that the accident occurred however we’re not sure about the winds. That’s something we’re looking" at, said Todd Gunther of the NTSB.. 

Friday morning, planes were taking off above the crash site. Authorities had retrieved the remains of the victims on Thursday evening.


 

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. NTSB investigations usually take months to complete.

In 2015, a small plane crashed on the Georgia Club Golf Course on Dec. 20, 2015 in Winder. The pilot, 81-year-old Billy Karl Bryant of Dacula, was the only person on the plane and he died. His Beech C24R crashed into trees near the golf course.

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