UPDATE: Names released from Murray County plane crash

MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – Devastating new details have been released in the Murray County plane crash that killed four people, including two 10-year-old children over the weekend.

Brother and sister Austin Day and Kinsley Wilson lost their lives.

Along with their grandmother, Mary Jo Yarborough, and Dexter Gresham.

News 12’s Robyn Estabrook joined us live at noon from the McMinn County Airport where the family housed their plane.

We’ll have the latest developments tonight at six.


MURRAY COUNTY, Ga (WDEF) – Authorities spent Sunday recovering what was left of the small plane that tragically killed four people believed to be from Tennessee.

“We know that it was a weather related accident, but we don’t know what happened during that time. We know that there were thunderstorms in the area.  There were no distress calls before the accident.  So, we’re still looking into that,” NTSB Air Safety investigator Eric Allenye said.

Parts of the Piper PA 23 aircraft were found around Piney Hills Drive.

Authorities said the accident happened around 4:40pm on Saturday.

“It’s a personal small plane.  It can hold up to five passengers.  This particular airplane is configured for four.  There was two adults and two children on board,”  Allenye said.

Officials said The plane broke up in flight.

The accident killed everyone on board.

“I would like to say our condolences on behalf of the NTSB to the friends and family of those occupants,” Allenye said.

The wreckage will be put back together and reconstructed as part of the investigation.

“That along with the data that I get and receive I’ll be able to figure out what pretty much happened,” Allenye said.

Authorities are still looking for missing parts of the plane.

If you recover anything contact the Murray County Sheriff’s Office (706) 695-4592.


MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – Authorities are investigating a fatal plane crash in Murray County.

According to Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford four people have died.

Debris was found on Piney Hill Road in Chatsworth off Old Federal Road.

Sheriff Langford said multiple 911 calls started coming in around 4:44 Saturday afternoon of a plane that seemed to have exploded in the air.

When officials arrived on the scene they noticed debris and a twin engine piper plane that had crashed.

Sheriff Langford described what they saw on the scene Saturday.

“We’ve got a lot of debris in a hayfield…one of the wings came down on a house and out into the woods. It’s real rough terrain trying to go out into the woods to go in and find, you know, all the parts of the plane.”

Several agencies responded.

The crash is under investigation.

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