Family identifies Hall County pilot killed in gyroplane crash

Family identifies Hall County pilot killed in gyroplane crash.
Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 3:01 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - One pilot died after his ultralight aircraft crashed in northern Hall County on Saturday afternoon, Hall County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed to Atlanta News First. The victim’s family has identified him as Larry Preiss and police said he was 75 years old.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the aircraft was an AR-1 gyroplane and it crashed during a local flight. The aircraft hit powerlines and crashed into a field.

Authorities responded to the 4700 block of Clarks Bridge Road near Glade Farm Road at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration said only the pilot was on board.

The body of the victim was transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.