Five killed in small airplane crash in Georgia

By Catherine Silver,

A small jet crashed at an airport near Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday night, killing five and injuring two.

The Associated Press reports that Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the small plane carrying seven people had departed from John Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee and was on its way to the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, 30 miles west of Augusta, when it crashed.

When the plane crashed at the end of the runway, a brush fire broke out near the site. The brush fire caused power outages, and workers were sent to the scene.

Five people were killed in the crash, and the names of the deceased are being withheld until family members are notified.

CBS News reports that Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell stated that there were two survivors, the pilot and a passenger.

The two survivors were taken to near by hospitals. No information was provided about the survivors' present conditions.

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