Eyewitnesses say the pilot who lost his life in a plane crash in Taylorville Saturday was a hero, who did everything he could to avoid casualties on the ground.
30-year-old Brandon Sparrow of Augusta died when the plane crashed into a residential neighborhood, shortly after a group of skydivers had jumped from it safely. According to witnesses, Sparrow dumped his fuel and tried to steer the plane away from homes. No one on the ground was hurt.
The Federal Aviation Administration is compiling information about the crash. The agency will turn its findings over to the National Transportation Safety Board, which will make a determination on the cause.