Ga. man who died in helicopter crash mourned

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Family members are mourning a Georgia businessman who crashed his helicopter in upstate New York.

Family members said Earl Small Jr. of Powder Springs, Ga., purchased the helicopter Wednesday. Authorities found Small's body in the wreckage of the helicopter Sunday morning near Dryden, N.Y.

New York State Police said the 57-year-old Small had left the Norwich airport at 12:30 p.m. Thursday heading to Zanesville, Ohio. Officers found the helicopter embedded in pine trees on a ridge near the town 40 miles south of Syracuse.

Federal investigators are trying to determine why it crashed.

Small owned Earl Small's Harley-Davidson of Marietta, Harley-Davidson of Cartersville and Stockmar Airport in Douglas County.

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