Flight instructor, student in critical condition after Macon plane crash

Staff reportFebruary 19, 2014 

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Investigators work the scene of the crash of a Piper Cub at the Macon Downtown Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The man and woman in the plane during the crash were taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.

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A 55-year-old flight instructor and his student were in critical condition at a local hospital after a plane crash Wednesday afternoon at the Macon Downtown Airport.

Guy Foulkes, of Macon, and Kelly Hague, his 49-year-old student, also of Macon, were taken to a hospital after being freed from the plane by Macon-Bibb County firefighters, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Foulkes suffered visible injuries to his knee and chin.

The crash was reported to the sheriff’s office at 2:18 p.m., said Sean DeFoe, public affairs officer.

Shortly after 3 p.m., DeFoe stood behind the airport fence, in view of the crashed yellow Piper Cub plane with its tail in the air, nose in the ground and wings askew.

According to airport staff, Foulkes and Hague were inside the single-engine plane and were conducting flight training, DeFoe said.

They made it up to 100 feet and proceeded to make a right turn when they experienced a wind shift that caused the plane to crash, DeFoe said.

The fire department had left the scene by 3:20 p.m.

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