UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the preliminary report on a deadly aircraft crash in Whitfield County on September 28.

The crash killed 61-year-old Michael Green, who was piloting the aircraft.

The NTSB report says the owner of the aircraft bought it 1998 and put it in storage for about 10 years after getting about 200 flight hours.

The report says the aircraft was taken out of storage when Green expressed an interest in flying it. Several mechanical repairs were made the aircraft was flown 4-5 times by the owner with no problems.

The report says Green asked to fly the aircraft after the owner returned from a 30-minute flight on the day of the crash.

The report says the owner saw Green take off and the aircraft was a little higher than the tree line when the crash happened.

The report says the owner heard the engine rev up and stall before the aircraft crashed.

The report says, "The pilot's flight instructor reported that he had provided about 14 to 16 hours of flight instruction to the pilot in the two months preceding the accident. He considered the pilot's flying skills to be excellent and stated that the pilot was ready for a check ride with another flight instructor to demonstrate proficiency for a weight-shift category endorsement. However, the pilot had not performed such a check ride prior to the accident."

The following is the entire preliminary report by the NTSB:

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Sixty-one-year-old Michael Green was the pilot who died in the deadly light aircraft crash on Saturday in Dalton. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has since taken over the investigation.

Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall says investigators will look at aircraft history, pilot experience and structure of the aircraft.  But the aircraft's wreckage will tell the most.
 
"Investigators will have a chance to look at the airworthiness of the aircraft and obviously any records with that,” Hall said.

According to the FAA Airman Details Report, Green was a certified pilot. He used to fly for American Airlines, but the report says he had to wear glasses due to vision issues.
 
"Any medical records and the health or any information the family may have about the pilot,” Hall said.

The owner of Prater Mill Flight Park Bruce Cantrell spoke with dispatchers according to the Whitfield County 911 call logs.
 
Cantrell, along with Jeremy and James Thompson, witnessed the crash and knew on sight it was too late.

 "Hey sir, I understand you know this gentleman that's giving you his phone "Bruce" he's friends with this guy is any way you go up there and we can try start doing CPR on him,” Dispatcher said. One of the Thompson’s respond "Ma'am already said there it's beyond CPR ma'am.”
 
Hall says the investigation will help hopefully prevent any future accidents.

"It will be done and I hope this provides closure to the family but it will take time,” Hall said.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man killed in a small aircraft crash over the weekend.

An incident report from the WCSO identifies the pilot as 61-year-old Michael Lynn Green of Dalton.

The crash happened around 7:00 p.m. near Bryant Circle.

The report says a witness to the crash told officers he heard the engine rev up and stall before the aircraft crashed.

The witness said the aircraft was a little higher than the tree line when the crash happened.

The report says the witness went to the scene of the crash to help the Green but realized he was deceased.

The investigation of the crash is ongoing.

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ORIGINAL STORY: The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal hang glider crash that left one person dead.

It happened just after 7 p.m. near Bryant Circle.

Investigators are currently working on the scene.

The FAA and NTSB will be investigating alongside the WCSO.

We have a crew headed there now working to learn more information and will keep you updated.