The plane, a single-engine Cessna-182, crashed about two miles northeast of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville shortly after takeoff, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said, Emma Duncan, in a statement to CNN.
The Hall County Fire Department responded to the crash at around 6 p.m. ET and found three dead adult occupants, Hall County Fire Department chief Zach Brackett told CNN in an email.
The flight was heading to Daytona Beach, Florida, he said.
Gainesville is approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta and the county seat of Hall County.
Wing falls at home
The wing of the plane fell into the bedroom of a mobile home near the crash site as the family living there ate their dinner, said Keith Smith, chief of the Gainesville fire division, said. at a press conference.
“The occupants of the trailer were actually having dinner by the time the wing went through their roof and landed in one of the bedrooms,” Smith said. “Fortunately, no one was in the room at the time.”
A 911 call came shortly after 6 p.m. from a passerby who noticed debris on the pavement and saw more plane debris when they looked into the wooded area across the street, according to Smith.
The debris field stretches for about a quarter to a half mile, Brackett told CNN in an email. Brackett said five people were displaced in the incident due to the fuel spilling on their home, but were not injured.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is handling the death investigation, Brackett said. CNN has contacted the sheriff’s office for more information.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Duncan said.