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Grandfather, grandson killed in Carroll Co. plane crash

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Jeffrey Haney, 9, was killed in the Carroll Co. plane crash Jeffrey Haney, 9, was killed in the Carroll Co. plane crash
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CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -

Authorities have released the names of the two people killed in the crash of a small experimental aircraft Sunday in Carroll County.

Richard Haney and his grandson Jeffrey Haney were killed in the crash.

They were two generations and 61 years apart. But 70-year-old Richard Haney and his 9-year-old grandson, Jeffrey, shared a love of flying.

Sunday night, they died together in a small airplane crash in a wooded area near Oak Mountain Academy.

Monday, the Haney family released a statement to FOX 5 News.

"While we are deeply grieved and mourn the loss of these family members, we are comforted to know they died doing what they loved," the letter reads.

Richard Haney was a well known businessman in Carroll County. He owned a Ford dealership for many years and was an advocate for the local airport.

According to the NTSB, he was also an experienced pilot, with more than 2,700 hours in the air.

The Haney family wrote, "Richard was a wonderful family man, a businessman and an avid aviationist. And he passed that love of flying on to his children and his grandchildren."

Investigators are not sure how or why Haney's small two seat, experimental plane crashed.

The Haney family says it's asking for prayers, "We continue to believe in god's mighty plans, and purposes, and celebrate these two precious lives that were certainly and without a doubt, well lived."

The crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday in a rural area near the Oak Mountain Academy.

The aircraft caught fire after it crashed in a wooded area, according to authorities. The fire made search efforts difficult, and it took several hours for searchers to locate the second victim of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash.


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