During Saturday's Good Neighbor Day Air Show and Open House, a small blue biplane crashed during a two-plane performance at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, Georgia. Air show officials have confirmed that North Augusta, South Carolina native Greg Connell was the pilot fatally involved in the accident.
Greg was introduced to aviation at a very young age by his father, Charlie, who is also a pilot. Greg began flying in 1989, and was instructed by the exact same instructor that taught his dad how to fly. Greg was a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Greg was often mentored and instructed by fellow air show pilot Gary Ward. When Greg wasn't flying, he could often be found helping out Gary Ward on the air show circuit. Greg and Gary were performing a dual routine during the time of the crash.
Greg was always remembered as one of the nicest people in the air show industry and someone that everyone wanted to be around.
The cause for the crash has yet to be determined, however early reports indicates that winds were peaking as high as 27 mph throughout Saturday's show. The FAA has taken over the investigation.
Flags are being flown at half staff this evening at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Greg's memory.
We ask that everyone keep Greg's family, friends, and everyone throughout the air show industry in your thoughts during these tough times. May Greg rest in peace and fly high.