UPDATE: The pilot killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Telfair County has been identified.

He is John Kyle Barron, 44, a student pilot. He was killed shortly after takeoff, according to Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson.

Telfair County coroner Jarvis Barnes said Barron is from Rhine and died on impact, sometime before 7:30 a.m. She said he flew his single-engine plane from a small private airstrip in the China Hill section of the county.

She said the GBI and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the crash.


The Telfair County Sheriff says they're investigating a small-plane crash near Milan.

Sheriff Chris Steverson says it happened off Highway 117, near Sharon Baptist Church.

He said the accident involved a small private plane.

So far, there's no word on injuries or the cause.

We could not reach the federal National Transportation Safety Board for further information.