CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Channel 3 is learning more about the Chattanooga business man who died in a plane crash over the weekend.
Fifty-two-year-old Donald Holbrook's twin engine plane went down Saturday afternoon shortly after taking off from Dalton's airport.
Channel 3 talked with some of Mr. Holbrook's family who say he was a great man. They say it is still hard to process what happened.
"Me and Donnie was close. It was just bad, just bad," says Donald Holbrook's cousin J.R. Gossett.
Gossett says he will miss Holbrook.
Holbrook's Piper Navajo plane crashed in some woods near Dalton's airport. A witness says one of the propellers was not working.
"It wasn't nothing that he did. Something happened to the plane. It had a mechanical failure or something happened because he was a great pilot," says Gossett.
Besides flying, he says Holbrook's true passion was racing. He owned Holbrook Performance Parts in Chattanooga.
With his own garage, Gossett says it runs in the family.
"It was kindly born in the blood I think, because there's a bunch of us that fool with this stuff," he says.
"He sold tractor pulls, boat racers, drag racers all over the world," says Wes Gossett.
Gossett's son, Wes, says Holbrook sold him his first drag racer, and influenced his love for the sport.
"He taught me how to basically control it. Because he drove one for years. And taught me basically everything about it," says Wes.
"It's going to be tough. He was a good guy. All the family thought the world of him. He was really successful. He was a really good guy," says Gossett.
He says Holbrook was not only his cousin, but his friend.
"It's going to take a while to get over this," says Gossett.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the crash.
Holbrook's body was taken the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road.
Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.
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