Several Dead After Small Plane Crashes in Northern Georgia

All three people aboard a small plane died after it crashed and burst into flames about 10 miles southwest of Athens, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 3, according to police.

The three people were “tentatively identified,” but the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday it would not yet release their names. The plane took off from Columbia, South Carolina, and was headed toward Tuscaloosa National Airport in Alabama, according to local media reports citing the Federal Aviation Administration.

It’s unclear what caused the crash, the sheriff’s office said during a press conference. The sheriff’s office said that federal aviation officials were at the crash site on Wednesday morning to continue investigating.

The sheriff’s office said the plane crashed off Elder Road near the town of Bishop. Officials said debris was scattered at least a half-mile from the crash.

Jill Boyd Hall, who lives near the crash site, told Storyful she heard a “really loud roaring noise” and a “really loud pop” that prompted her to run outside to see what was happening. Hall said she then filmed this footage of the flaming wreckage, which was in a wooded area near her backyard in Bishop.

“I looked out my front porch and there was all this debris falling from the sky,” Hall told Storyful. Credit: Jill Boyd Hall via Storyful

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