UPDATE: Pilot killed in plane crash on Saint Simons Island identified

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Investigators are still on the scene of a deadly plane crash on St. Simons Island.

Authorities say 80 year old Roger Crane from Bluffton is the pilot who was killed.

The plane departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and was en route to the McKinnon-Saint Simons Island Airport. 

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene Saturday to find a wooded area off Sinclair Plantation Road with heavy fire.

After extinguishing the fire, personnel were able to determine that a plane did indeed crash. Early reports were that there were four passengers in the aircraft. Although the plane, a Cessna 182 fixed wing single engine airplane, is designed to carry four passengers, investigators believe the pilot was the only person onboard.


A small plane crashed and caught fire on St. Simons Island, killing the pilot.
Authorities say it happened around 9:25 a.m. Saturday on the island’s north end.
Glynn County Police Chief Brian Scott says the single-engine plane took off from Savannah, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south, and was en route to McKinnon St. Simons Airport. After the fire was put out, blackened pieces of the plane were scattered along a wooded area with trees blackened by the fire.
Scott says no homes or bystanders were affected by the crash.
Authorities have identified the pilot but are not releasing the name until family members can be notified.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating to determine what caused the accident.


BRUNSWICK, Ga – A plane traveling from Savannah to Saint Simons Island crashed Saturday morning, according to Glynn County police. 

Officials said the single-engine Cessna C182 aircraft crashed at McKinnon St Simons Island Airport in Brunswick, Georgia around 9:30 a.m. after taking off from Savannah International Airport. 

A spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration said four people were on board. Their conditions are currently unknown. 

Emergency crews are on the scene. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident, and the FAA will investigate. 

News 3 will continue to update this story. 

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