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3 headed to Florida dead in small plane crash, officials say

The Georgia crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Published Feb. 27
Updated Feb. 27

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A single-engine plane bound for Florida crashed after takeoff Friday evening from an airport in northeast Georgia, killing the three people aboard, authorities said.

The Cessna 182 crashed around 6:50 p.m. approximately two miles northeast of the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Emma Duncan said.

“The aircraft crashed shortly after departing from Gainesville on a planned flight to Daytona Beach,” Duncan said in an emailed statement.

Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett said three people on board, all adults, were killed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. They were not immediately identified.

The paper reported the plane came down in a ravine and that Brackett said fuel from the plane landed on a home, displacing five people from the dwelling. No injuries were reported on the ground.

Duncan’s statement said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.