Bartow County coroner Joel Guyton said the victim was a 70-year-old man from upstate New York. The family confirmed the man left Tuesday morning in the plane.
The aircraft was registered to the man, whose name is not being released until an ID is received through the lab. Guyton said the wallet on scene was that of the man.
The plane, whose destination was not released Tuesday night, was a private aircraft. Representatives from Phoenix Air at the Cartersville-Bartow Airport said no communications were reported between the pilot and their towers before the crash to signify a landing. Phoenix arrived on scene to assist in helping to identify the plane with no success.
Bartow County Fire and Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the scene about 4:30 p.m. to find a few pieces of the plane scattered in the open grass. Deputies roped off the area with crime scene tape and allowed no one near the scene other than investigators and emergency personnel. The Bartow County coroner arrived on the scene just before 6 p.m.
"It sounded like a loud motorcycle," said witness Julie Rogers. "It came down at an angle and went to pieces in the crash. We didn't see a fire."
Echoing his neighbor, witness Michael Walker said that it was "the scariest sound" he had ever heard.
"There was no explosion," Walker said. "It was just loud and we didn't see smoke."
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. More details and an identification of the pilot will be released as they are received.