No survivors after small plane crash near General Mills plant in Georgia: Police

Police are determining the number of passengers on board the plane.

A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a General Mills plant in Georgia shortly after takeoff Thursday night, killing all passengers on board, authorities said.

The plane took off from Covington Municipal Airport around 6:45 p.m., Covington Police Department Capt. Ken Malcom said at a media briefing.

Witnesses told police it appeared the plane, believed to be a Cessna twin-engine propeller plane, was having trouble gaining altitude and there appeared to be an engine problem.

Malcom said the plane suddenly veered and crashed into the grounds of the General Mills plant, located about a mile from the airport. The plane crashed into an isolated area that was storing tractor-trailers, some of which caught fire, he said.

There were no survivors, Malcom said. It is not known how many people were on the plane and police are working to determine who the victims are, he said.

No one was injured on the ground, according to Malcom, who noted that many lives were potentially saved since the plane did not crash directly into the plant.

Firefighters were still working to extinguish the blaze at the scene several hours after the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

ABC News’ Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

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