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Vidalia Couple Dies in Plane Crash
Wednesday, 26 August 2009

August 26--  A Vidalia couple died Wednesday afternoon in a plane crash in North Carolina.

According to the Jackson County, North Carolina Rescue Squad, 58-year-old David Lovins and his wife, Ann, were killed when their private plane crashed about a quarter of a mile from the runway near Sylva, North Carolina.

A reporter for the Citizen-Times.com, Mike McWilliams, tells us, "Someone called 911 about 1:55 p.m. to report a possible plane crash.  The wreckage was found about a half hour later in a steep ravine and rescue crews couldn't immediately get to the victims trapped inside the plane because the terrain was unstable on a steep slope."

McWilliams said some witnesses reported it looked like the plane landed and took back off again and "they're not sure why they did that."

According to flight records, the Lovins had left St. Louis about 10:20 a.m. eastern time and were scheduled to arrive in North Carolina about 1:45 p.m. News reports say they were meeting a man at the airport who was supposed to take them to Harrah's Cherokee Casino.

The escort told a local pilot he saw the plane go down the runway, but it never came back.  The pilot, Jim Rowell, got in his plane and searched the area and found the plane crashed in some trees on a steep cliff.  He said the Lovins' plane apparently did not have enough airspeed to clear a knoll when it banked right and crashed, according to the Citizen-Times.


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