Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Three dead after plane crashes into wooded ravine moments after taking off

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Three people have died after a plane crashed in a wooded area just moments after taking off.

The plane off on Friday evening at around 6pm while headed from Georgia to Florida.

It crashed two miles northeast of 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, reports Bakersfield.

Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett confirmed: “Three adult occupants were found deceased and it was confirmed with the FAA that this matches the occupants reported to them for this flight."

The single-engine plane crash caused damage along Memorial Park Drive starting at Titshaw Drive, reports Fox10.

The deceased have not yet been identified.

After fuel fell onto a home, one family was evacuated in the area.

An eyewitness said: "It was just crazy. I was like 'Did I just see that? Did that actually happen?'"

"And I hear this like loud, I can hear, it's like a plane, I know, and I hear it's a loud noise coming this way and I look and the plane's like really low and it's like flying right above the trees.

"And then I see it hit the trees right there. And then when it hit the trees, I didn't see it go any further, so I just assume it fell down right there," the eyewitness added.

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