Three are dead in small aircraft crash


LAGRANGE, Ga. -- Authorities say three people are dead after a small plane crashed at an airport in west Georgia.

LaGrange Fire Department Lt. Chris Taylor said two occupants of the plane died on the scene and one died later at a hospital in Columbus. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Kathleen Bergen said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange around 2:20 p.m. She three people were aboard, and local officials would release their identities.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.

A photo from the LaGrange Daily News shows the airplane intact, with its badly-damaged nose in the ground and its fuselage and tail section in the air.

LaGrange is about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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