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Posted 15 October 2018 - 04:44 PM

Plane clips high power line; crash kills 70 year old Florida barbecue competitor


A 70-year old Florida man died last Saturday afternoon in a remote area of North Paulding when his Piper single-engine airplane clipped high power lines leading from Plant Bowen and crashed into an embankment, Paulding's Sheriff's office confirms.

According to deputies, Paulding's 911 center was notified by Georgia Power that their sensors reported damage to a high power line and a PCSO deputy was dispatched to look around.  Once the damage to the power line was identified, the Deputy noticed nothing else obviously wrong.  Later a subcontractor for Georgia Power was patrolling the area looking for the cause of the damage and discovered the small airplane in a ditch.

The man was identified as Paul Lewis Deep, 70, of Middleburg, Florida.  His reason for being in the Paulding area was he had planned to make a surprise visit to a grandson.  He had left his home near Jacksonville Fl earlier Saturday morning.  A story about the accident appears on the channel 47 Jacksonville TV station.  

Here is the release of the PCSO
(Paulding County, GA) On Saturday October 13, 2018 at approximately 3:42 PM
Paulding E-911 received a 911 call from Georgia Power regarding damage to the
large transmission power lines that come from Plant Bowen. Once the Deputy
responded to the scene he did not see anything obvious and made a report of the
damage to the power lines.

Later that afternoon at 5:05 PM, a subcontractor for Georgia Power was patrolling
the power lines on an all-terrain vehicle looking for anything that could have
damaged the lines. He subsequently discovered a small airplane that had crashed
into a ditch adjacent to the power lines and then called Paulding E-911 to report
what he had located. Deputies responded to the area, and with the help of the
complainant, located a small single engine plane (Piper PA-28-180) which appeared
to have crashed into a bank in a low lying area. This incident occurred in an area
off of Lucas Lane which is a very rural area in northern Paulding County that can
only be accessed by all-terrain vehicles.

When Deputies arrived on the scene, they located the lone occupant of the plane
deceased in the cockpit. The male pilot has been identified as Paul Lewis Deep,
W/M, 70 YOA, of Middleburg, Florida.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) are conducting the investigation into the incident. Any
inquiries regarding his departure and/or destination location, or any other
information regarding the investigation into the crash, should be directed to the


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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:27 AM

Since the crash site is lined up with the Cartersville runway, I'm wondering if he was attempting to land there and that's why he was so low or was headed west and high ground surprised him.     I bought a flight simulator program a couple of months ago and have been flying out of the Cartersville airport on it.   The high ground between Cartersville airport and Dallas has surprised me a few times and I found myself about to fly into the trees.  


RIP Brother.    :(

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