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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DL Capt Leo A. Giles

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DL Capt. Leo A. Giles
Leo A. Giles, 54, Peachtree City, died Aug. 3, 2006. He was born Feb. 1, 1952 in Corvallis, Ore.

 Leo A. Giles, 54, of Peachtree City, died August 3, 2006. Leo was hired by Delta Airlines in 1990. He worked as a mechanic for a short time before moving to the pilot training department where he taught operation specifications and B737 ground school until his retirement in July, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Jillian Giles; son, Kris Giles, all of Peachtree City; mother, Connie Lampert, of Oregon; sisters, Toni Anne Macomb and her husband, Gene, of Oregon; Joanne Watkins and her husband, Jim, of Washington; father-in-law, George Barp of Wyoming. Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6 in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, 770-631-9171.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 5, 2006



On August 3, 2006, at 0755 eastern daylight time, a McWhorter, Skystar Vixen, N93TR, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, collided with the ground while maneuvering after take off following a reported loss of engine power. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane received substantial damage. The airline transport rated pilot was fatally injured. The flight originated from Peachtree City-Falcon Field, Peachtree City, Georgia, on August 3, 2006, at 0753.

A witness stated he observed the airplane at a high speed while taxing to runway 31. The pilot continued on to the runway and departed with out conducting an engine run up. Witnesses reported hearing a change in engine noise after the airplane departed and they looked in the direction of the airplane. The airplane was initially observed in a climb attitude, leveled out about 200 feet above the runway, started a descent, and then made a shallow left turn. The airplane was observed to make a second left turn with an angle of bank exceeding 45-degrees. Witnesses described the airspeed as slow. The nose of the airplane was observed to pitch up, the left wing dropped down, the airplane entered a spiral to the left, descended out of view, and collided with the ground.

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