Two people killed in Sumter Co. plane crash

Updated: Jul. 24, 2019 at 3:54 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - A plane crashed in Sumter County Wednesday morning, claiming the lives of two people.

The crash happened at around 9 a.m. in a pecan orchard about a mile north of the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Officials said the small engine plane was small enough to only carry two people. “There’s nothing that they can determine that might have been a direct cause of the crash,” said Chief Deputy Eric Bryant.

“At this point the investigation, it appears there were only two victims in this small plane crash. We’ve been working with our local airport and neighboring airports to secure information on what flight or planes may have been moving around this morning,” said Bryant.

The victims’ identities have not yet been released as families are still being notified.

“It kind of scared me. I was looking for someone and didn’t see anyone. Then, I looked around and saw a body,” said Sumpter County resident Henry Warren.

“The community and everybody’s kind of on edge until we can make that official determination and to identify this plane,” said Bryant.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board are all working with the Sumpter County Sheriff’s Office to find out what went wrong.

“We will still be working with all those agencies that I’ve mentioned in trying to identify the victims and properly notify the families. We have not done such at this point because we are working with those agencies to identify the plane and those occupants,” Bryant said.

The Sumpter County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation will last into the night and could possibly continue throughout the week.

Watch the full press conference below.

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Posted by WTVM News Leader 9 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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