Two Dead in South Bibb County Plane Crash

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Updated: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 03:18:18 EST

WGXA News has learned more about a plane crash in south Bibb County near the Houston County line. The plane went down in a heavily wooded and swampy area in south Bibb County about 6:05 p.m. Monday. According to Kathleen Bergen with the FAA, the Piper PA-32 plane left Apalachicola Municipal Airport in Apalachicola, Florida and was headed to Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, South Carolina. There were two people on board. They have been identified as 58-year-old Anthony Caveza and 71-year-old Julius Gilreath, both of Greenville, South Carolina. According to WHNS-TV, Gilreath, known as Gil, and his wife Perry are involved in the Community Foundation of Greenville as local philanthropists. The foundation released the following statement following Gilreath's death: "The Community Foundation is deeply saddened by the death of Gil Gilreath. We have worked closely with Gil and his wife Perry for many years and they are outstanding and generous people. They have deeply engrained the values to serve and give in their children. I have never met a more joyful giver than Gil and will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Perry and the entire Gilreath family as they celebrate his life while dealing with this sudden and terrible loss." When WGXA's news crews arrived on the scene, there were officials from Warner Robins' Police Department and Fire Department, Houston County Sheriff's Office, Macon-Bibb Fire Department and Bibb County Sheriff's Office. A Robins Air Force Base rescue truck was dispatched as well, along with Emergency Management workers. It was a very difficult scene in a wooded and swampy area with no direct road access. A helicopter circled the area to help pinpoint the crash. The scene was eventually turned over to Bibb County. The National Transportation Safety Board will send in investigators to figure out the cause of the crash. Stay tuned to WGXA News for the latest information.

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