THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — Investigators are combing a wooded area in Georgia, looking for clues about what led a small jet to overshoot a runway during a landing last night and crash.
Five people on board were killed, and two others were hurt.
The passengers included five people who worked for a vein clinic in eastern Georgia that also has offices in Tennessee. That's according to a doctor who works for the clinic. There's no word on whether any of them survived -- but an assistant fire chief tells the Augusta Chronicle that the two survivors were a pilot and a passenger.
The plane had taken off from Nashville and crashed while landing at an airport about 30 miles west of Augusta.
072-a-04-(Rhonda Bouthry, Thompson resident, in interview)-"were barking at"-Thompson resident Rhonda Bouthry says at first she didn't know what had happened. COURTESY: WJBF TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (21 Feb 2013)
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070-a-14-(Sheriff Logan Marshall, McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, in interview)-"over the airport"-McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall says authorities first got word of the crash when the electricity went out in the area. COURTESY: WJBF TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (21 Feb 2013)
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