Official: 3 dead in small plane crash in northeast Georgia

<p>GAINESVILLE, Ga. &mdash; A single-engine plane bound for Florida crashed after takeoff Friday evening from an airport in northeast Georgia, killing the three people aboard, authorities said.</p>
<p>The Cessna 182 crashed around 6:50 p.m. approximately two miles (3.2 kilometers) northeast of the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Emma Duncan said.</p>
<p>“The aircraft crashed shortly after departing from Gainesville on a planned flight to Daytona Beach,” Duncan said in an emailed statement.</p>
<p>Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett said three people on board, all adults, were killed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution <a href=""> reported.</a> They were not immediately identified.</p>
<p>“Three adult occupants were found deceased and it was confirmed with the FAA that this matches the occupants reported to them for this flight,” Brackett said, according to the newspaper. </p>
<p>The paper reported the plane came down in a ravine and that Brackett said fuel from the plane landed on a home, displacing five people from the dwelling. No injuries were reported on the ground.</p>
<p>Duncan’s statement said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. </p>