Three people were killed on Friday after a single-engine plane crashed into a ravine outside of Atlanta, authorities said.
The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, about two miles from Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Ga., About 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, said Emma Duncan, spokesperson. of the Federal Aviation Administration.
It was not clear what led to the accident.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office released the names of those killed: Dan Delnoce, 44, of Gainesville; Courtney Flanders, 45, of Gainesville; and Matthew Delnoce, 39, from Ohio.
Zachary Brackett, a spokesperson for the Hall County Fire Department, said firefighters were the first to arrive near Memorial Park Drive on the Atlanta Highway and discovered a plane had crashed into a ravine.
The plane, a Cessna 182, was heading for Daytona Beach, Fla., Brackett said. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday the agency was leading the crash investigation. The FAA is helping with the investigation.
Keith Smith, chief of the Gainesville Fire Department’s support services division, told Fox 5 Atlanta information station that it appeared the pilot had reversed course after take-off.
He said it was “speculation at this point”, but the pilot “turned around for some reason and apparently tried to return to the airport”.
Chief Smith also told reporters that part of a wing of the plane fell into a mobile home.
Fuel from the plane fell on another residence, Mr Brackett said, displacing three adults and a child. They were not injured.