A Chattanooga man was killed in the crash of a small plane in Dalton, Ga., late Saturday afternoon.
He was identified as 52-year-old Donald Holbrook, owner of Holbrook Performance Parts on Airways Boulevard. The firm has been in business since 1985, supplying parts for various types of specialty vehicles.
The crash of the twin-engine plane was near the Dalton Airport. The small plane had just taken off from there around 5 p.m. It appeared that one of the engines failed and the pilot was trying to make it back to the airport.
The plane, which burst into flames after the crash, came down near the intersection of Sane Road and Airport Road. The location is less than a mile northwest of the Dalton Airport.
It was within 50 yards of a house, but no one on the ground was injured.
He was flying to Macon for routine maintenance on the plane.
He had asked an uncle to fly with him as he often did, but he was unable to go on Saturday.
The man who drove Mr. Holbrook to the Dalton Airport said he had a good takeover, then he looked in the rear-view mirror and saw a plume of smoke.