He survived a plane crash, but that's not keeping him from stopping his passion: skydiving

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Friday, May 3, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- One man hasn't quit skydiving even after he was in a deadly plane crash.

Just 8 months after four of his friends died when the plane came down in Swainsboro, William Middlebrooks, the sole survivor, is skydiving again.

“At first it was very terrifying,” Middlebrooks said. “Just all the nerves, a bunch of things running through my mind.”

Middlebrook warned us in an interview months just a few months into his recovery he wouldn't be driven by fear.

Middlebrook doesn't care much to hear the results of the ongoing NTSB investigation into crash.

The FAA incident report identified "pilot-induced error" as the primary factor for the accident.

A safety inspector said in the report, "in my opinion the contributing factor of the accident was a pilot and mechanic not having enough experience to make the correct decision which should have been to shut down flight operations for the day."

Instead, Middlebrook is focusing on living life -- a life that lead him to connecting with the man who saved his life.

"Once he saved me from the plane, it was on me to get back up and recover,” Middlebrook said. "Making sure fear and guilt didn't control my day to day to life and it was just all together what made me able to move forward and keep living for the ones that are no longer here."

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