published Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Friday plane crash victim was Florida man

MCT Regional News

A Florida man was at the controls of two-seater “kit plane” that that crashed Friday at Treat Mountain Road in southern Polk County, near the Haralson County line, the local coroner said today.

According to Polk County Coroner Lester Litesey, 67-year-old Ronald Murphy was flying from his home in Callahan, Fla., to a “fly-in” in Wisconsin when he crashed in a rural area about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta, near the Alabama state line.

Litesey said Murphy had no physical condition that would have contributed to the crash, and bad weather may have brought down the plane, a RV-4.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said only one person was on board.

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