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Pilot Said Engine Stopped Before Crash, 2 Greenville Men Killed

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Federal investigators say in a new report that the pilot of a small plane over central Georgia reported a slight loss of oil pressure, then said his engine had stopped.

The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report said the pilot of the single-engine plane initially asked air traffic control for permission to land at Macon's airport, then said his engine stopped and that he wasn't going to make it to a runway there.

He then requested a landing at nearby Robins Air Force Base, but never established communication with the tower there and crashed just under a mile northeast of the base on May 27.

Authorities said 71-year-old Julius Gilreath of Greenville, S.C.; and 58-year-old Anthony Cabeza of Greer, S.C., were killed in the crash of the Piper PA-32.


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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane headed for Greenville Downtown Airport crashed just outside of Warner Robins, GA, killing two Upstate men.

At 6:05 p.m. Monday, a Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed about one mile northeast of Robins Air Force Base.

The plane left Apalachicola Municipal Airport in Apalachicola, FL and was in route for the Greenville Downtown Airport.   

The FAA says the tail number, which is used to identify planes, is N4489F on this aircraft.  FAA records show that this plane is registered to Flebo Air LLC of Greenville. 

We have learned from the coroner the men killed in the crash have been identified as Anthony Caveza, 58, and Julius Gilreath, 71.  Both are from Greenville.

Since the crash we have learned more about the Greenville businessman and philanthropist who died in the crash.

Anyone who knew Julius "Gil" Gilreath will tell you he was a family man and he and his wife did everything together.

"There was a picture of them dancing at their daughters wedding and there was that kind of look between the two of them it was like you could just see that laser connection, it just spoke more than words can ever say," Reverend Peggy Munci said.

Munci, a close friend of the Gilreath family, was devastated to hear Gilreath was killed in a plane crash.

Officials tell us Gilreath was headed home from Florida.

Munci says there are no words to describe what this community has lost.

"He could be your friend very quickly, he could be your advocate and your mentor," Munci said.  

Munci runs the Canterbury Counseling Center, which the Gilreath's helped launch. Gilreath made it a mission to make sure people had access to affordable Mental Health Care.

"People who really can't pay for counseling could benefit from the counseling they so need," Munci said.  

Besides Canterbury Counseling friends say Gilreath donated to Christ Church and Project Host Soup Kitchen.

"He really was one of those people that believe that if you were successful you had to give back," Bob Morris with Community Foundation of Greenville said.

Peggy Munci believes while Gilreath is gone the footprint he left behind will live on forever.

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