Jet crash kills 5 in eastern Georgia

Posted: 4:06 PM, Feb 21, 2013
Updated: 2013-02-21 16:06:17-05


(CNN) — 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.