Friends say pilot killed in plane crash was living out her dream

Taylor Stone was 24 years old. She graduated from MTSU in 2014.

Taylor Stone, originally from Chattanooga, was one of three killed in a plane crash in Georgia.

Two small planes collided mid-air in Carroll County on Wednesday.

Taylor Stone was a flight instructor for Falcon Aviation Academy in Newnan, Georgia.

Her friends are devastated by the news of her passing.

"It sucks knowing one of your best friends you've known forever is just gone, that fast," Zach Wilson said.

Wilson has known Taylor Stone since they were 3.

From the time Taylor was seven years old, he says flying was all she thought about.

"Her room was decorated in Air Force stuff, painted in Air Force colors and everything," Zach said.

It wasn't just her closest friend who knew of her love of planes either.

"Taylor wanted to be a pilot," Jordan Scruggs, another friend, said. "She wanted to be in the clouds. Absolutely."

Scruggs says she saw her friend go from a girl with a dream to a 24 year old woman passionate for what she did.

"I don't think I'd ever seen anybody work as hard as she worked at whatever she did," Scruggs said.

The Middle Tennessee State University website says Taylor graduated in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree.

She made the dean's list her last year.

One of her oldest friends, Adrian Hemphill, says Taylor did what many thought she would never accomplish.

"People said 'okay, that's kind of hard'. Then you see her taking her first flight and then becoming a pilot. Then getting her instructor's licence," Hemphill said.

Her friends say she was passionate about everything she did, from flying to friends to faith.

"I would say she definitely taught me the definition of what a true friend was," Hemphill said.

"Not only was she doing what she loved but I know that her heart is at peace. I know she's at rest. She's exactly where she should be," Scruggs said.

The FAA recognized Taylor by adding her to the agency's Airmen Certificate Database.

The website says it's for pilots who've met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

The NTSB and FAA are still investigating Wednesday's crash.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 11 at Chattanooga Funeral Home East from 4-8 p.m.

The Funeral will be Monday, September 12 at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on 822 Belvoir Avenue in East Ridge.

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