Victims Identified in Fatal Emanuel County, GA, Plane Crash
EMANUEL COUNTY, GA. – August 27, 2018 (wsav.com) A plane crash August 25 in Emanuel County, Georgia, left four people dead and one seriously injured, according to an online news report from wsav.com. The victims have now been identified, but this article lists only their last names for privacy reasons.*
The crash occurred in the afternoon of August 25. Five people were on board the Cessna 182A that had just taken off for a skydiving lesson. The plane, owned by Statesboro, Georgia, skydiving company Jump Place, crashed at the East Georgia Regional Airport and burst into flames. Emergency crews arrived quickly, but they were only able to pull two people from the wreckage, one of whom died at the scene.
The lone survivor, William Middlebrooks (age and city not reported), sustained critical injuries and was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he is reportedly coherent and in good spirits. The Emanuel County Coroner identified the four victims as Swenson, 23, of South Daytona Beach, Florida; Bahrytsevich, 31, of Raeford, North Carolina; Duff, 42, of Statesboro; and Eldridge, 42, of Rincon, Georgia.
Swenson was the pilot, according to a statement by Jumping Place. “I’ve heard from many friends in the close-knit skydiving world that [Swenson] was awesome as a person and skydiver,” said Casey Kloess-Finley, of Jump Place. “He was smiling when I saw him taxi away, and he truly had to love flying.”
In a Facebook post, the United States Army Golden Knights confirmed Bahrytsevich, a native of Belarus, was a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team. The post said he was passionate about skydiving and was a mentor to other members of the parachute team.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, the cause of which is not yet known.
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