Floridians die in plane crash

Published February 11, 2007

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Four people died when a small civilian airplane crashed Friday night on Fort Stewart in Georgia, where emergency responders searched more than five hours before finding the wreckage in heavy woods on the vast Army post.

The plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was en route from Titusville to Anderson, S.C., said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. The cause of the crash was unknown.

Air traffic controllers in Hilliard, Fla., alerted Fort Stewart when they lost radar and radio contact with the plane, Bergen said.

"Air traffic control lost contact with the flight at about 6:15 p.m.," Bergen said Saturday. "The wreckage wasn't found until almost midnight."

Two victims were identified by the Liberty County coroner as Trevor Quinn, 30, of Melbourne; and Richard P. Love, 32. Pierce said he wasn't sure of Love's hometown, but it was in Florida.

He said one family didn't want their loved one identified yet and he was still waiting to notify next of kin of the fourth victim.