WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Wilkes County Sheriff Mark Moore released the name of the only victim in Tuesday's deadly plane crash in a heavily wooded area.
John Edward Leuci, 45, from Ladson, died in a plane crash early Tuesday. Leuci was an employee of Coastal Aviation in Mt. Pleasant.
Officials in the east Georgia county say a crew responding to a report of a plane crash early Tuesday found the burning crash site about three miles from the Washington-Wilkes County Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the pilot reported engine problems before his Piper PA-32 airplane went down.
Bergen says the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft. She says the airplane was on its way to Mount Pleasant Regional Airport in Mount Pleasant, S.C. from Madison County Executive Airport in Huntsville, Ala.
The name of the pilot was not immediately known.