by Claire Helm and Nick Gibson
PULASKI COUNTY, Ga. — The family of the pilot has identified him as Jake Boney from China Hill, Georgia.
His family report he is recovering in the hospital and he is expected to live.
They say Jake has major injuries including broken bones to his leg and face. According to Jake’s Facebook page he has been flying planes for over 25 years including flying along side his father. His grandmother and aunt say it was a miracle he made it out alive
“Just so thankful that he is alive. He’s really bumped up he is going to have to have a lot of therapy but we are just so thankful that he is alive because his dad says he didn’t see how he got out of that plane alive,” says Lajoy Boney grandmother of Jake Boney.
WGXA also reached out to Pulaski Fire Cheif Leslie Sewell about this incident he says Boney sprays this particular area with his crop duster often
Well he hit this tower I don’t really know that he knows what happened. He was asking us what did he hit. It was kind of a unique situation, part of the tower is on his wing so he landed with that on there. It didn’t hit completely nose down but it was a hard hit,” says Sewell.
PULASKI COUNTY, Ga. — A crop-dusting plane crashed in Hawkinsville Thursday morning.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office confirms it happened near Blue Springs Rd. and Wallace Rd.
Pulaski County Fire Chief Leslie Sewell says they go the call at 8:46 a.m. for the plane.
Sewell says this particular pilot sprays the area on a regular basis. He says the pilot has many hours and experience with crop dusting.
The fire department had to cut the seat to get the pilot out of the plane.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the S2R plane crashed into a cotton field around 8:45 a.m. when the plane’s right wing hit an antenna tower.
Sewell said that part of the tower that was hit is on the wing of the plane.
The only passenger was the pilot, who was airlifted to The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon.
The FAA is investigating the scene in coordination with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. The National Transportation Safety Board will then take charge of the investigation and updates.