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4 Killed in Small Plane Crash in Georgia

December 21, 2002

GRAY, Ga. (AP) _ Four people were killed Friday night in a small plane crash in central Georgia, authorities said. A 12-year-old girl walked away from the crash and was hospitalized.

The Piper Cherokee, which left from Columbus, Ohio, crashed in a wooded area northeast of Macon, authorities said. It was headed for Thomasville, about 170 miles south of the crash, FAA spokesman Christopher White said.

Kani Howard, 12, was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia after flagging down a car to be driven to a store about a mile away.

``It was strange because she was so calm,″ said Bill Jackson of Town Creek Food Shop & Gas, who called 911. ``I noticed she was a little distraught, so I asked her to go back and sit down. ... She told me they were all dead.″

Jackson said the girl was wearing a gray jumpsuit, which was ripped at the left thigh, but that she did not appear to have serious injuries. She told him the victims were her mother, her aunt, her cousin and the pilot, whom she did not know.

``Other than the look in her face, and maybe leaves in her hair, the girl looked fine,″ Jackson said.

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