Small Plane Involved in Deadly Crash Has Local Ties

The plane involved in a crash that killed five people in Georgia last night is registered to a company based in Wilmington, Del.

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    Hawker Beechcraft

    Sheriff's officials in McDuffie County say a small jet crashed in Thomson, Georgia last night, killing five people.

    Federal Aviation Administration Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the jet -- a Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I registered to the Pavillion Group, a company based on the 1200 block of Orange Street in Wilmington, Del. -- crashed around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after landing at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport. Bergen says preliminary reports indicate the jet ran off the end of the runway after landing. 
     
    Bergen says seven people were aboard the plane, and sheriff's officials confirmed this morning that five of those passengers are dead. Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell told the Augusta Chronicle two people survived the crash.
     
    Bergen says the jet departed from the John Tune Airport in Nashville, Tenn. and was destined for Thomson-McDuffie Airport.