Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three Peachtree City men died in a small plane crash in LaGrange on Saturday


By Pat Cooper

According to FAA reports, a Beechcraft Baron crshed at LaGrance-Callaway Airport on Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. The three men on board- identified as real estate developer and builder Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60; Willy Lutz, 69, Dr. Jeffrey Van Curtis, 53- died, two on the scene and another at the Columbus Medical Center. The pilot and co-pilot were trapped under the instrument panel and died at the scene.

The aircraft, registered at the Peachtree City’s Atlanta-Falcon Field by Executive Aircraft Storage LLC was said to be a new purchase for the pilot. All three, said witnesses, were regulars at the airport; at least one of the men was a very experienced pilot.

According to flight records, the plane left Panama City Beach at 9:15 a.m., arriving at the LaGrange airport around 10:45 a.m., refueled and began their maneuvers.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the crash. The NTSB will determine a probable cause.

“Today our community is mourning the tragic loss of Michael Rossetti, Dr. Jeffery Curtis and Mr. Willy Lutz. They were long time residents of Peachtree City and they enriched our community with their talents. I will always remember Michael Rossetti as one of the first people I had the pleasure of meeting here in Peachtree City, when he built our home 22 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with their many friends, colleagues, and family members,” noted Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch.


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