The plane crashed shortly after takeoff at 6:45 p.m. Thursday from the airport in Covington, about 33 miles east of Atlanta, local police department Captain Ken Malcolm told reporters during a news conference.
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The crash happened at a remote property at the grain factory, with the plane hitting what appeared to be four trailers that were empty, he said.
“There are no casualties here on the ground, but obviously this is a devastating crash and there are no survivors,” he said, adding that they don’t know how many people were on board the plane at the time of the crash.
Malcolm said witnesses told investigators that after taking off northeast from the airport, the plane appeared to have difficulty gaining altitude and they could hear problems with the engine.
“All of a sudden the plane turned right and immediately came straight down and crashed into the parking lot behind us,” he said, adding that the crash site was about half a mile from the airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board identified the aircraft as a twin-engine Cessna 340 and called it was examined.