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Pilot identified in deadly Lincoln County plane crash

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM EDT
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LINCOLNTON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Lincoln County sheriff has identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash late Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Paul Reviere said the pilot was Colen Mattison. Colen, who goes by the name Cole, was a design engineer at Lead Edge Design Group and earned his Bachelor of Engineering this year from the University of Georgia, his LinkedIn page said.

The Lincoln County sheriff has identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash late Tuesday afternoon.
The Lincoln County sheriff has identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash late Tuesday afternoon.(WRDW)

Mattison was flying over his father’s land in Lincoln County, according to authorities.

Cole’s father was outside cutting hay when his son was killed in the crash off White Rock Road.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane crashed in a pond at 5:45 p.m.

Authorities said Cole was the only person in the Cessna 182K, and the crash didn’t occur on takeoff or landing; the son was just flying over.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the area would be blocked off overnight and the site wouldn’t be disturbed.

The FAA and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are assisting local authorities.

The FAA said it would release the aircraft registration and investigate the incident. An FAA team was expected to arrive at the scene around midmorning Wednesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. The NTSB said it is not sending a team to the site.

Cessna 182s are four-seat, single-engine light airplanes introduced in 1956. There are a range of variations, including the 182K, with fixed landing gear and a 230-horsepower Continental O-470-R piston engine. The 182K model was certified in 1966.

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