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TAE's Foster shaken up, but OK after plane crash

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- Millie Foster, who starred in just about every girls sport at Terrell Academy, is at home and resting after being involved in a plane crash Sunday evening.

Foster, a recent graduate of Terrell Academy who will be a freshman at the University of Georgia later this year, has had her pilot license for more than two years and was piloting the small plane in Sumter County when the aircraft began running out of gas. She managed to land the plane in a soybean field between mile markers 8 and 9 just off Highway 377.

When reached by The Herald late Tuesday, the Foster family declined to give an interview at this time, only saying that Millie was shaken up, but OK.

"She's at home and doing fine,'' said Keith Jones, Terrell Academy's longtime athletic director and Foster's basketball coach. "She's got some bumps and bruises, but otherwise she's doing well. She's a tough youngin'. "

Jones added that his former basketball star who helped TAE win GISA state titles in Class A in 2010 and Class AA in 2011, was in Sumter County on Sunday to see one of her former instructors, Richard Urash, who was the co-pilot of the plane. Both Foster and Urash were taken to the Phoebe Medical Center in Sumter County after the crash, but later released. Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith later confirmed the details in a news release, and added that the Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the crash. The FAA is required to look into any airplane crash and issue a report of its findings.

Jones said he joked with Foster about running out of gas.

"They ran out of gas because the fuel gauge wasn't working,'' Jones said. "I went to see her and was joking with her about it. I brought her a $25 gas card.''

Foster also helped lead the Lady Eagles to the 2009 GISA Class A state softball title, and was the goalie and captain of the 2010 and 2011 Terrell Academy girls soccer teams that reached the championship in back-to-back games, losing to state power Fredrica Academy both times.