Posted: Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 at 5:00am
One reported dead in Dawson Co. plane crash
By The Associated Press
DAWSONVILLE - One person reportedly has been killed in the crash of small plane in Dawson County.
Local officials said they initially believed two people were aboard the plane at the time of the crash, but since have said they are confident the pilot was the only occupant.
According to the report, which cites an official with the Federal Aviation Administration, the crash was reported shortly after 7 p.m., and was said to involve a Piper Malibu aircraft, a single-engine plane that typically holds up to 6 people.
Authorities said debris was initially discovered near Highway 136 just west of Georgia 400, although it took some time for authorities to locate the scene of the actual crash.
The crash site has since been identified as being near 1549 Auraria Road, which is located just east of Dawsonville.
The fuselage and wings of the aircraft, which traveling from the Morristown, N.J. Municipal Airport to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, were located by crews working in the area near the crash site.
The aircraft was registered to a Georgia entity, and authorities have yet to release information about the aircraft's pilot.
Emergency personnel from Dawson, Lumpkin and Forsyth counties responded, along with the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be at the crash site Tuesday to continue the investigation.
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