Cleveland native killed in Swainsboro skydiving plane crash
SWAINSBORO, Georgia (WDEF) – A Cleveland native who was on a skydiving expedition is one of four people who died in a fiery plane crash Saturday in Swainsboro, Georgia.
According to the Cleveland Daily Banner, 42 year old Justin Duff was killed when the 1988 single-engine Cessna crashed around 2 p.m.
Duff was a 1997 graduate of Bradley Central High School.
The crash occurred at East Georgia Regional Airport in Statesboro.
The four dead, as well as a surviving passenger, were from The Jumping Place Skydiving Center in Statesboro.
The surviving passenger, William Middlebrooks, remains in critical condition at Augusta Medical Center.
A witness took photos of the plane taking off because she wanted to watch them practicing skydiving.
Then she heard the engine sputter and stall.
“I just kept watching and it kind of floated for a minute,” said Gay.
“Next thing I knew it was turning left and nosediving to the ground. Then I heard a huge crash.”