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Officials identify 2 North Carolina men killed in DeKalb plane crash

NTSB officials using crane to remove pieces near the crash scene.

The names of the two men killed in a plane crash were released Thursday as investigators combed the wreckage in DeKalb County.

Leslie Csanyi, Jr., 59, and Scott Lowrie, 60, both from North Carolina, were killed Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff from Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. Csanyi was piloting the single-engine Piper-28, which slammed into the top floor of a townhouse, near I-85 and Clairmont Road.

The cause of the crash had not been determined late Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Crews were working to recovery wreckage from the crash Thursday. Atlanta Air Recovery, a salvage company, will take all of the wreckage down to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport, about 45 miles south of Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported. There, the NTSB will reconstruct the plane to determine the cause of the crash.

No one was inside the complex building at the time of the crash, and no other injuries were reported, according to DeKalb fire Capt. Dion Bentley. Six units were deemed unsafe due to structural damage and fuel vapors.

As the investigation continued in Georgia, a North Carolina community was grieving the deaths of two businessmen.

Both Csanyi and Lowrie lived in Salisbury, located about 45 miles northwest of Charlotte, the Salisbury Post reported. Csanyi owned CMW Manufacturing LLC in Salisbury, and Lowrie was president and general manager of the company, the newspaper reported.