Investigators seek answers in Dawson fatal plane crash

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. - Federal investigators are back at the scene Tuesday picking up pieces of a small plane that crashed and killed the pilot in Dawsonville.

Investigators have not identified the crash victim, but said the plane is registered to someone in Georgia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The single-engine Piper Malibu PA-46 aircraft crashed in a field off of Auraria Road, west of Georgia 400 in north Dawson County.

FAA officials said the plane was flying from Morristown, N.J., and was headed to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers at about 7 p.m. Monday and crashed in a field behind a house. Investigators say the pilot was found in the plane.

Channel 2’s Tom Regan saw investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday afternoon picking up pieces of the plane that were scattered in a pasture across the road from the crash site.

Regan is digging to find out more about the aircraft and the NTSB is planning on briefing him about its investigation Tuesday afternoon. Check back for updates on WSBTV.com and Channel 2 Action News starting at 4.


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