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NTSB: Small plane doing roll before fatal crash in Georgia

October 8, 2021 GMT

RHINE, Ga. (AP) — A small plane was performing a rolling maneuver at low altitude when the aircraft crashed into trees in central Georgia, killing the pilot, according to federal investigators.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Thursday that a witness told investigators pilot Jake Boney had complained of feeling nauseous after practicing aerobatic maneuvers earlier in the day before he crashed Sept. 12.

The 30-year-old pilot, who worked as a crop duster, was the only person in the single-engine plane. The crash happened in Rhine, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Macon.

The witness told investigators Boney was flying below the tree line and stopped halfway through a rolling maneuver when the plane slammed into the trees at full speed.

The report said an initial examination of the plane’s engine found no signs of mechanical problems that would have contributed to the crash.