Victims Identified in South Georgia Plane Crash

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Nov 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 17:12:56-05

CLIMAX, Ga. (WTXL) - The victims in the deadly airplane crash in Southern Georgia have been identified.

According to multiple sources, the pilot and co-pilot were Lester Hathcox and Gene Odom.

Hathcox was a former helicopter pilot for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department who survived a helicopter crash in 2003. Odom was an attorney in Brandon, Florida.

On Monday, the plane went down in Climax in the middle of the woods, near the intersection of Salem Church Road and Old Whigham Road.

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin says the wreckage was found around 4 p.m.

Grady County Captain Steve Clark says the pilot and co-pilot were on board the twin-engine Cessna that left Lakeland, Florida on Monday morning around 9 a.m.

It was supposed to land in Cairo an hour later, but didn't. 

Law enforcement in the area scoured three counties to find the plane for multiple hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board  are expected to be on-site Tuesday.