Vintage airplane crashes in central Georgia, sending 3 to hospital

A vintage airplane crashed while the pilot was trying to land at an airport in central Georgia, sending all three people on board to the hospital with injuries
This image provided by the Butts County Sheriff's Office shows fire personnel and sheriff's deputies working on the scene of a plane crash near the Seven Lakes Airport in Jackson, Ga., Monday, June 17, 2024. (Butts County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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This image provided by the Butts County Sheriff's Office shows fire personnel and sheriff's deputies working on the scene of a plane crash near the Seven Lakes Airport in Jackson, Ga., Monday, June 17, 2024. (Butts County Sheriff's Office via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — A vintage airplane crashed while the pilot was trying to land at an airport in central Georgia on Monday night, sending all three people on board to the hospital with injuries, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The twin-engine Lockheed 12A, built in 1936, crashed into a tree near the Seven Lakes Airport in Jackson, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, WAGA-TV reported.

Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said fire personnel and sheriff's deputies were proficient in getting the occupants out of the plane and stabilized.

All three are expected to pull through, but they have a long road ahead, Long said by telephone on Tuesday. The pilot was most seriously hurt with head and chest injuries and each of the two passengers has a broken leg, he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.