DeKalb County officials ID pilot killed in crash

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a plane crash Atlanta's northern suburbs.

DeKalb County Medical Examiner Pat Bailey said 59-year-old Lonnie Avra of Coldwater, Mich., had just taken off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport Tuesday afternoon when the Piper Saratoga PA-32 he was flying crashed in front of a Chamblee home. Bailey said Avra died from blunt force trauma.

A spokesman for Women's Medicine Inc. of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., said Avra had just bought the plane from the company and was flying it home to Michigan.

In his final dispatch to air traffic control at the airport, Avra says he "has an emergency - I need to land again" before the line goes silent. The recording was posted at, which provides live and archived air traffic control traffic.

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