Hodges described the crash site as a “very heavily wooded area” about 150 feet from the Ogeechee River, which is the border between Bryan and Effingham counties. Units from both areas responded.
Freddy Howell, head of Bryan County emergency services, told reporters Monday afternoon that of the three inside the plane, two were men and one was a woman. He said the pilot was a man and a preliminary investigation showed the other two were a couple.
The agency gave the plane’s tail number, which is registered to a man who lives in Tyrone, according to FAA records.
Howell said there were 40 to 50 units on land, air and water trying to find the plane. He said some had to use ATVs to get to the plane, which is on private property.
“We were hoping they’d just lost communications and landed somewhere,” he said.
Bulldozers with the state forestry agency had to clear a path to the downed plane, said Byron Haire, assistant district manager for the Ogeechee District of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
He said his agency got the call about noon to help to “punch a hole” to the crash site.
Howell said the plane may remain where it is for days, as the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigate.
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