Report: Unlicensed pilot flew plane that crashed, killing 5

Created: 09/23/2015 8:53 AM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal investigators say an unlicensed pilot was flying a small, homebuilt airplane that crashed last week in rural south Georgia, killing all five people on board.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board does not specify a probable cause for the Sept. 16 crash near Alma. It says a witness who woke in the middle of the night saw a light from the plane moving up and down in an "M''-shaped pattern just above the trees before it vanished.

The NTSB report identifies Waylon Boatright as the plane's owner and pilot. It says Boatright had been certified in 2010 to build and repair the single-engine plane but did not have a pilot's license.

The NTSB says the plane smashed into trees about 50 feet above the ground.

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