A Cedartown man and another from Bowdon have died after their ultralight airplane crashed in the Fish Creek area of Polk County.
The plane had been missing since around 3 p.m. on Thursday and was located in a wooded area near the intersection of Old Fish Creek Road and Wyatt Road.
Two people were onboard the aircraft and officials say the bodies of both individuals were at the scene of the crash.
Polk County sheriff’s officials identified the victims as 44-year-old John Keith of Cedartown and 46-year-old John Edgeworth of Bowdon.
Authorities say the airplane had taken off from Polk County airport Thursday afternoon and was due back at the airport later that evening. Search teams were sent out at about 3 a.m. Friday to begin looking for the plane.
The FAA identified the plane as a light sport aircraft known as a QuikR, manufacutered by P & M Aviation. The plane is registered to Atlanta Sport Aviation Inc. of Cedartown, which is in northeast Georgia. The company’s phone number is not listed.
QuikRs have a light, fabric wing similar to a hang glider. They are powered by a small engine mounted behind the pilot.