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3 Feared Dead in Georgia Plane Crash

July 9, 2006

SUCHES, Ga. (AP) _ A small aircraft crashed into a house and burst into flames in north Georgia on Saturday and authorities believed three people were killed. Two were critically injured.

The single-engine Piper 32 crashed around 12:50 p.m., said Union County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Hromalik. The victims had all been aboard the plane and no one on the ground was injured.

The aircraft was coming from Hilton Head Island, S.C., and overshot the runway while trying to land at High Valley Airport in Suches, said Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash, Hromalik said.

Hromalik said he believed three were killed. Two others are in critical condition. One passenger was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., while the other was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The identities and ages of the victims were not immediately available.

The plane was registered to MASI, a technology company in Hilton Head, according to the FAA Web site. Phone calls to the company went unanswered.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency will investigate.

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