Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Die When Small Plane Nosedives into Athens Yard; Witnesses Saw Antique Aircraft Go Down Not Far from Athens Airport

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Die When Small Plane Nosedives into Athens Yard; Witnesses Saw Antique Aircraft Go Down Not Far from Athens Airport

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Byline: RYAN BLACKBURN

Two people were killed Thursday when a single- engine antique airplane crashed in a residential neighborhood shortly after taking off from Athens-Ben Epps Airport a few minutes before 11:30 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were killed when a 1957 Fuji LM-1 crashed in the backyard of a home at 265 Johnson Drive, a residential street not far from the Athens Perimeter.

The victims were identified as David S. Garber, 81, of Athens and Lady Lake, Fla., and Scott A. Strong, 47, of Lady Lake. The plane is registered to Garber. Authorities would not say who was piloting the plane.

A witness said he saw two planes taking off and one appeared to be too low.

"I said, 'Something ain't right here,' " said Weyman Steed of Bogart. "He appeared to be trying to make it back to the airport, and then he just turned over and disappeared into the trees."

Another witness, who was stopped in a car at a nearby intersection, said she saw the plane go down. …

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