Former NH resident killed in Georgia plane crash
February 23. 2014 9:43PM
A former New Hampshire resident was among three men killed in a plane crash in Georgia on Saturday.
A Beechcraft Baron aircraft left Panama City Beach at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport at 2:20 p.m., while practicing approaches and landings, NBC station WXIA of Atlanta reported.
Two of the men died at the scene and another died at nearby Columbus Medical Center, WXIA reported.
The victims were identified as Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60, Willy Lutz, 69 and Jeffery Van Curtis, 53, all of Peachtree, Ga.
Lutz is a former resident of Claremont and West Lebanon, according to media reports.
Witnesses told WSB-TV that the men were regulars at the airport. They said the aircraft was doing a practice maneuver called “shoot instrument approach” at the time of the crash. The plane appeared to be trying to avoid a glider when it stalled and then nosedived, according to witnesses.
The plane, which was manufactured in 1980, was registered to Executive Aircraft Storage LLC of Peachtree City, according to online Federal Aviation Administration records.
Lutz was a flight instructor and retired Delta inspector, according to Channel 2 in Atlanta.