2 dead following business jet crash in East Georgia

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — Two people have been killed in a plane crash in east Georgia, authorities said Tuesday.

The plane went down around early Tuesday morning in a field near the 3100 block of Wrightsboro Road in the Thomson area.

The aircraft was a business jet — a Dassault Falcon 20 — the National Transportation Safety Board said in a brief statement.

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Sheriff’s deputies were notified of a missing plane around 6:30 a.m., McDuffie County sheriff’s Maj. Ronnie Williamson said. They searched the area and found the wreckage in the field, he said.

The FAA says the plane was flying from Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport at the time of the crash.

The FAA released a statement about the crash, saying:

“A Dassault Falcon business jet crashed near Wrightsboro Road in Thomson, Ga., around 5:44 a.m. local time today. Two people were aboard. The plane was flying from Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport.

“The FAA will release the tail number of the aircraft after investigators verify it at the accident site. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”

WJBF-TV and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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