Falcon Aviation Academy instructor one of three killed in crash


A 24-year-old instructor with Falcon Aviation Academy in Newnan was one of three people who lost their lives on Sept. 7 in a mid-air collision between two planes at West Georgia Regional Airport in Carrollton.

Authorities said a flight instructor, her student and a third person died when two single-engine planes collided at the airport in Carrollton, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Capt. Jeff Richards with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office identified two of those who died Wednesday in the crash at West Georgia Regional Airport as 24-year-old Taylor Nicole Stone of East Ridge, Tenn., and 79-year-old William Lewis Lindsey of College Park, according to AP.

Stone was an instructor with the Falcon Aviation Academy in Newnan.

Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue said a pilot who saw the crash from the air told authorities it appeared that both planes were attempting to land simultaneously “and one came on top of the other.” However, Blue said investigators have not confirmed those details, AP said.

A listing on gofundme.com said Stone was a graduate of Middle Tennessee College and a high school graduate from Chattanooga Christian School.

“She was a flight instructor for Falcon Avation Academy where she was living her dream of being in the air flying as close to heaven as you can. Her life was cut short way to soon and now her parents and her sister Shelby need our help with all the finances that come with having to bury a child which no parent should have to do. Please help the family out by donating whatever is on your heart so they don’t have to deal with this by themselves,” according to gofundme.com

Contributions to the gofundme account can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/taylorstonefund