UPDATE: The man killed in a small plane crash in Gordon County on Saturday afternoon has been identified as Richard Hogan, 63, of Douglasville, according to Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson.
Hogan's body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for further examination and a ruling on the official cause of death, Nicholson said.
Nicholson pronounced Hogan dead on the scene of the crash, in a field near a residential neighborhood on Spencer Drive south of Calhoun, at 4:32 p.m. But Hogan died upon impact from multiple blunt force trauma injuries, she said.
His name was released after the deputy coroner made contact with Hogan's family Saturday night.
PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Officials remain on the scene of a small airplane crash south of Calhoun which resulted in the death of one person.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff's Office:
The crash happened around 3:40 p.m. Saturday. Deputies responded to the area of Spencer Drive south of Calhoun after the crash was reported.
Upon arriving on the scene, deputies found a small plane had crashed into a wooded area within a few hundred yards of a residential neighborhood. The plane was completely destroyed and the single occupant died.
Just before 7 p.m. Saturday, officials were working on removing the body from the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and was en route to the scene from Atlanta late Saturday evening.
The identification of the victim was being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim of this tragic accident,” said Sheriff Mitch Ralston.