Allen Golson, Coliseum Health System CEO, Dies in Plane Crash

7:23 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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Video: Ron Rankin, Neighbor of Allen Golson, Speaks

Video: Ron Rankin, Neighbor of Allen Golson, Speaks

Video: Marten Olsson, Friend of Golson, Speaks

  • P. Allen Golson
  • Photo used by permission, courtesy (Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner)
  • Photo used by permission, courtesy (Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner)

The head of Macon's Coliseum Health System died Friday when the small plane he was piloting crashed near Ocala, Fla.

The hospital system confirmed in a news release that P. Allen Golson died in the crash. His wife Carol was aboard and suffered non life-threatening injuries. She was taken to a hospital.

The plane, a twin-engine Cessna 340A, crashed in a pasture just south of Ocala International Airport. The 340A seats six. 

Golson recently announced he was leaving Coliseum for a CEO job with Ocala Health System. Both systems are owned by HCA.

The Golsons lived in Forsyth.

Investigators say Golson's last contact with the airport control tower was at 12:26 p.m. when he reported he was coming in for a landing. The plane crashed right afterward.

National Weather Service records say skies were mostly cloudy in Ocala at the time of the crash.

The plane departed Middle Georgia Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m., according to

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the plane is registered to Flying G Aviation LLC in Wilmington, Del.

The Ocala Star-Banner reported on that workers at nearby businesses rushed to the crash site and managed to pull Carol Golson out of the wreckage but could not rescue her husband because of heavy smoke. At least one rescuer suffered smoke inhalation. The fire department said it arrived four minutes after receiving an emergency call. 


The Coliseum's news release quotes Michael Joyce, president of HCA's North Florida Division, as saying  "This is tragic news for our HCA family, and it will take time and the support of each other to deal with this loss. 

"Allen was a true friend and a great leader who enjoyed life and dedicated himself to his work. He will be deeply missed."

Golson led the Coliseum system for the past seven years and had been a hospital administrator for more than 30, Coliseum said.

According to the news release: He served for nine years as CEO of Palmyra Medical Centers in Albany. He had been with HCA since 1986 serving in various administrative roles.

Golson graduated with his Bachelor of Science in HealthCare Management in 1981 from the University of Alabama, and has a Master of Business Administration at the Southeastern Institute of Technology in Huntsville, Alabama.

He was a Fellow in the American College of HealthCare, on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), and had been a Rotarian for more than 20 years.

Marion County sheriff Ed Dean issued this release:

The Sheriff's Office responded to the area of SW 60th Avenue and 38th Street in Ocala around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27 after a small plane crashed into a pasture. The Cessna 340 Alpha model plane was headed for the Ocala International Airport but crashed just south of its destination. The passenger, Carol Golson, 55, was pulled from the plane by citizens that witnessed the crash. Carol was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pilot, Paul Allen Golson, 55, did not survive the crash.

The last contact Mr. Golson made with the air tower was at 12:26 p.m. to report he was coming in for a landing. Investigators estimate the crash occurred immediately following this contact. The cause of the crash is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB).


Contributing: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner

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