No word yet from the Federal Aviation Administration as to just what may have been the cause of a fatal plane crash in Cherokee County over the weekend.
Local businessman and long time pilot Harley McGatha, age 52, died Sunday morning in the UAB Medical Intensive Care Unit, from injuries sustained Saturday afternoon whyen his single engine aircraft into a house shortly after take-off from the Centre Municipal Airport.
McGatha was piloting a vintage Champ aircraft which veered sharply off to the left of the runway immediately after take-off, cutting through power lines and shearing limbs from a large pine tree, before striking a residence at 13 Oakview Court.
The family of four was at home when the accident occurred and all four were fortunately able to flee the burning structure without injury.
McGatha managed to free himself from the burning wreckage of the plane but suffered burns over 90% of his body.
He was transported by EMS to Cherokee Medical Center at which point he was airlifted to UAB in Birmingham.
The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board.