Georgia officials confirmed four people died in a small plane crash north of Atlanta Feb. 8 minutes after taking off.

The Cessna 501 Citation twin jet plane disappeared from radar just after 10 a.m. Saturday in a remote area of Gordon County. Officials say the plane went down in a remote area about 50 miles north of Atlanta. Gordon County Sheriff Chief Deputy Robert Paris described the area as “treacherous.”

“It’s extremely hazardous even getting to the crash site,” Chief Deputy Paris said, according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV 2.

Authorities identified the victims of the pane crash as pilot Roy Smith, 68, of Fayetteville, Georgia; his son, Morgen Smith, 25, of Atlanta; Morgen’s girlfriend, Savannah Sims, 23, of Atlanta; and co-pilot Raymond Sluk, 63, of Senoia, Georgia. All four were pronounced dead from “blunt force trauma.”

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the plane had taken off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City around 9:45 a.m. and was on its way to John Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee. The plane went down about a half-hour after taking off for unknown reasons. Reports of the plane crash did not indicate whether the pilot was in communication with air traffic controllers at the time.

Federal Aviation Administration registration records show the plane had a registration number of N501RG, and is registered to Remonia Air LLC. NTSB investigator Heidi Kemner said it is believed the private plane is owned by one of the four passengers.

Ms. Kemner said the investigation will look into a number of factors, including the pilots, the airplane, and the environment.

“After completing the on scene phase of the investigation, we will gather more information at our office in Washington, D.C., like weather information, more air traffic control data and review maintenance records,” she said.

Patch.com reported that heavy snow was falling in northern Georgia between 7:30 a.m. and noon on Feb. 8, but it remains unclear if those weather conditions contributed to the crash. The NTSB a weather study will be part of the investigation.

According to WSBTV, no witnesses have come forward with information about the plane crash. Anyone who might have seen or heard the plane crash is encouraged to contact the NTSB by email at eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov.

Mike Andrews, a lawyer in the firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability section, focuses much of his practice on aviation accident litigation. He has represented people seriously injured in aviation crashes, and the families of those killed in both civilian and military airplane crashes and helicopter crashes. Currently, Mike represents family members of victims in the Ethiopian Airlines crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Additional source: Kathryn’s Report

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