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Posted: Friday, August 30th 2013 at 2:49pm

Few details emerge following Friday plane crash

By Dean Dyer and Rob Moore, Staff
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White County Fire Chief Norman Alexander and pilots Steve Kilcourse and Andrew Mallis climb out of the aircraft at High Country Helicopters in Robertstown. (Photo/Rob Moore)
HELEN Authorities have released little new information about an aircraft that went down Friday in a remote area of the north Georgia mountains between White and Union counties.

White County officials received a 9-1-1 call from one of the aircraft's occupants and, with the help of High Country Helicopters, were able to locate the plane and alert state officials to its location.

Pilots Steve Kilcourse and Andrew Mallis were accompanied by White County Fire Chief Norman Alexander on the flight.

"We took off toward where the fire department said the coordinates were - they triangulated the cell phone signal," Kilcourse said. "We were just kind of flying around and looking and tuned in to the ELT [Emergency Locator Transmitter] signal and picked it up, so we knew we were near it, but we couldn't quite spot it.

"After doing maybe 15 minutes of looking around, I finally saw it on the hillside, pretty close to the top of the ridgeline there," Kilcourse said.

The private helicopter then notified a Georgia State Patrol helicopter that was in the area of the downed plane's location.

Initial reports indicate the occupants of the aircraft are not seriously injured.

Rescue officials assisted the plane's occupants out of the woods shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

Kilcourse said it was foggy early Friday morning.

This story will be updated as details become available.

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