Plane crash

A photo of the crash scene courtesy the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

EATONTON, Ga. — Five members of a Florida family killed in a fiery plane crash in rural Putnam County on Friday afternoon have been identified, authorities say.

The pilot, along with his daughter, son-in-law and his two grandchildren, were among those killed.

The victims were flying from Williston, Fla. to Newcastle, Ind. to attend a funeral.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills identified the victims on Friday night as

  • Larry Ray Pruitt, 67, of Morriston, Fla., the pilot and owner of the aircraft;
  • Jody Rae LaMont, 43, of Gainesville, Fla.;
  • Shawn Charles Lamont, 41, of Gainesville, Fla.;
  • Jace LaMont, 6, also of Gainesville, Fla.; and
  • Alice LaMont, 4, also of Gainesville, Fla. 

The aircraft was identified as a Piper 31-T Cheyenne twin-engine turbo prop, which reportedly disintegrated before crashing and exploding into a fireball in a wooded area near a field off Tanyard Road near Ga. Route 44, also known as Eatonton-Greensboro Road.

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