South Carolina men crash on flight home

Piper 32

Piper 32

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:11 PM.

Two South Carolina men died in a plane crash Monday evening after taking off from Apalachicola Regional Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Authority, Anthony Caveza, 58, and Julius “Gil” Gilreath, 71, both of Greenville, South Carolina, were headed for Greenville Downtown Airport.

Apalachicola airport employee Arthur “Perky” White said Gilreath drove himself to Cleve Randolph Field in a borrowed blue Toyota, which was still parked there on Tuesday morning.  He and Gilreath discussed fishing while waiting for Gilreath’s flight to arrive. White believes Gilreath was in the area on a fishing trip.

White said the single engine Piper 32 was number four of seven planes that refueled at the airport on Monday. He said the airport immediately ceased selling fuel after learning of the accident.

“That’s just a precaution,” White said. “It’s the first thing we do in case the crash is fuel related.”

White said the other six planes serviced have arrived safe at their destinations.

FAA records say the plane was registered to FLEBO Air LLC of Greenville, NC. Caveza listed his occupation as commercial pilot on several internet networking sites.

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