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Small plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:00pm

 A small plane crashed in east Georgia on Wednesday night, killing five people, authorities said.

The light jet aircraft landed at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson and ran off the end of the runway, said Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

Two people survived the crash and were rushed to a hospital, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall told CNN affiliate WJBF. The flight took off from John C. Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee.

"It looks like it may have just overshot the runway, just barely missing a manufacturing building and crashing in the woods," Chief Deputy Ronnie Williamson told CNN affiliate WXIA.

The crash sparked a fire and left nearby residents without power.

"It was like a boom," resident Rhonda Bouthry told the station. "The power flickered on and off. It wasn't off but about 20 minutes."

The two cities are about 350 miles apart; Thomson is about 30 miles west of Augusta.

The aircraft was a Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I.

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