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UPDATE: NTSB releases report in West Georgia plane collision

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UPDATE: The National Transportation and Safety Board has released their preliminary report regarding the September 7 crash that killed three people, including a Chattanooga woman.

The NTSB report states that the two planes collided in midair on the final approach to West Georgia Regional Airport. The plane Taylor Stone and a student pilot were in was said to have been destroyed, while the other plane was substantially damaged. 

Stone and the student pilot were flying a Diamond Aircraft and were, according to Falcon Aviation Academy personnel, practicing traffic patterns and landings at the airport. 

The NTSB states that upon initial examination of the wreckage, the two airplanes remained attached after the collision until they hit the ground.  According to the report, evidence from the wreck shows that the second plane, being piloted by a 79-year-old private pilot, came down on top of Stone's plane and left tire marks. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A woman, originally from Chattanooga, was killed in the midair plane collision in west Georgia Wednesday.

Investigators know exactly what happened, they just don't know why. 

Grief-stricken families are now planning three funerals, one is for a beloved flight instructor with Chattanooga ties. 

"Anything with an engine and wings, she wanted to be in between it. She wanted to be up there flying," Patrick Hickey said. 

Hickey says he became good friends with Taylor Stone, 24, through his wife. 

He says Stone shared a lot of special moments with him and his wife. 

"When me and my wife first started dating, she was one of the many friends that my wife had and who had to approve of me dating her," he added. 

The MTSU graduate started teaching others to fly last August at Falcon Aviation Academy in Newnan, Georgia. 

"You see the passion, you see the hunger to get to the next thing that they want to do. She had that all over her.  Anything with an engine and wings, she wanted to be in between it. She wanted to be up there flying," he said. 

Stone's parents and younger sister will have plenty of support from those who remember her passion, love and drive to be among the clouds. 

Stone was in the plane with a student pilot and the other plane only had the pilot inside. 

There were no survivors. 

A GoFundMe page has been started to help with funeral costs. To donate, click HERE


Senior pastor H. Christopher Sheets of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chattanooga posted news of Taylor Stone's death on the church's Facebook page.

Pastor Sheets said Stone's parents, Doug and Cindy Stone, attend the church and asked other members to keep them in their prayers, along with Taylor's sister, Shelby.

Here is the pastor's entire post:

"Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,

Please keep Doug and Cindy Stone along with their daughter Shelby in your prayers. Their oldest daughter, Taylor, was just killed in a plane crash close to Atlanta, Georgia. We do praise God that we know that Taylor is in the bosom of our Heavenly Father. Yet, this is a bitter time for Taylor's family who sorely miss their loved one. Even our Lord Jesus Christ wept at the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. So we too weep with the family as we walk beside them. However, also pray for the family that they may weep in hope for that day when God himself will wipe away their tears and reunite them all before his throne in heaven. May the Lord who is the resurrection and the life bless Cindy, Doug and Shelby in their hour of need along with the rest of the family. Pastor Sheets"

Stone's Facebook page shows she was in training to become a licensed pilot and was living in Newnan, Georgia.

A fire chief says two single-engine planes may have been trying to land at the same time when they collided in mid-air above a small airport in western Georgia.

Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue confirmed in a phone interview that three people died in the Wednesday crash, just off the runway at West Georgia Regional Airport.

Blue said a pilot who saw the crash from the air told authorities it appeared that both planes were attempting to land simultaneously "and one came on top of the other." However, Blue said investigators have not confirmed those details.

The fire chief said wreckage from the planes was so mixed together that first responders initially thought the debris all belonged to a single aircraft.

Blue said authorities have not yet identified those who died.

READ MORE | Three dead after two small planes collide at Georgia airport

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