Pilot dies in plane crash near Georgia subdivision

Paulding County Deputies responded to a fatal plane crash in southern Paulding County off of Georgian Parkway yesterday afternoon.

According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, a caller to 911 said they observed a small single-engine plane “sputtering” and then “spiraling downward” toward a wooded area near The Georgian subdivision just before 1 p.m.

Paulding Deputies, along with Paulding Fire and Metro Atlanta Ambulance personnel, responded to the scene where they eventually located the small plane about 25 yards into a wooded area off of Georgian Parkway.

The plane was situated near a creek adjacent to Georgian Parkway in between Hanover Drive and Stafford Lane.

Due to the extreme impact, Deputies and Fire/EMS personnel were unable to save the pilot who was eventually pronounced dead by the Paulding County Coroner’s Office.

The pilot, later identified as 67-year-old Raymond K. Hicks, of Villa Rica, was flying his 1967 Mooney M20F fixed wing single-engine plane displaying tail number N3284F.

Preliminary information revealed that the flight originated out of Earl L. Small, Jr. Field / Stockmar Airport in Villa Rica.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting the investigation into why the plane crashed. If you have any information about this crash or would like more information, please feel free to contact the NTSB or the FAA.