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Dawson County plane crash victim was Atlanta surgeon

POSTED: December 4, 2013 11:45 p.m.

DAWSONVILLE — An Atlanta surgeon was killed in Monday night’s plane crash in Dawson County. 

Authorities say a single-engine plane on its way to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee lost radar and radio contact before crashing in a heavily wooded area on Auraria Road, killing the pilot, identified as John H. Culbertson Jr. of Atlanta. 

Dawson County Sheriff’s Maj. Tony Wooten said dental and medical records were used to positively identify the 62-year-old, who was chief of plastic surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, according to a news release on Emory’s website.

The Piper Malibu PA-46 departed from Morristown, N.J., Municipal Airport and came down near 1549 Auraria Road off Ga. 400 before 7:30 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. Culbertson was the only one aboard.

“He was a steadfast and giving human being, and, for many years, dedicated his time to provide instruction and perform surgery at Navajo reservations,” according to the Emory news release. He had served at Emory for more than 25 years.


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