2 victims ID’d after small plane crashes in Georgia pecan orchard

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff.
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The single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff.

Two people died Wednesday morning after a small plane crashed in a pecan orchard in South Georgia, according to multiple media reports.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed shortly after it took off from Jimmy Carter Regional Airport in Americus, The Associated Press reported. The two people on board who were killed were identified as Michael Paul Cochran, 63, and Edd Larry Anthony, 69, both of Americus.

The crash happened about 9:30 a.m., and someone called 911 to report they discovered wreckage from a downed plane at Horne Farms, which is located at 303 Old Andersonville Road in Andersonville, the Americus Times-Recorder reported.

Debris from the crash was scattered over an area the size of a football field, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Col. Eric Bryant said at a news conference, the newspaper reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were called to investigate the cause of the crash. The GBI was also at the scene using a drone to map the crash scene, the AP reported.

Andersonville is in Sumter County, where Americus is the county seat. Americus is about 60 miles southeast of Columbus and 150 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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The victim's identity and condition have not been released.

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