Pilot killed in weekend crash in Hall County identified

A Gainesville man who died Saturday in an ultralight aircraft crash in northern Hall County has been identified as Larry Franklin Preiss.

The 75-year-old Preiss was piloting an AR1 gyroplane that went down in a hay field on private property.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. on March 25 on Clarks Bridge Road just north of Glade Farm Road. No one on the ground was injured, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office says.

Authorities transported Preiss’ body to the Dekalb County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.


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