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Tennessee plane crashes at ‘Big O’ Ranch

A small plane crashed in Jones County on Thursday afternoon.

A private plane carrying two passengers and a dog crashed in Jones County on the Otis Redding “Big O” Ranch about 3:45 p.m., said Sheriff Butch Reese with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. No significant injuries were reported.

The four-seat Cessna 172 clipped two trees while preparing to land at Macon Downtown Airport about 20 miles away. The plane was flying from Tennessee, Reese said. Patrick McLaughlin, 45, the pilot, and passenger, Linda Hedgepeth, 48, were traveling to the area to visit family, said Captain Jimmy Black with the sheriff’s office.

While no injuries were reported, both passengers were taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health, for evaluation. When medical personnel and police arrived on scene, Hedgepeth was out of the plane and walking, while McLaughlin was “still dazed” in the cockpit, Reese said.

The pilot told officers he believed the plane was beginning to lose power during the flight.

The dog was uninjured and being cared for at the sheriff’s office.

Avery Braxton: 478-744-4326, @Ave_Braxton

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