Thomson, GA -- Five people are confirmed dead after a small plane crashed in Thomson-McDuffie County Wednesday night. The pilot, one of only two survivors, managed to walk away from the wreckage.
A doctor says five of the people on board a plane that crashed in Georgia were affiliated with a vein clinic with offices in that state as well as Tennessee.
Dr. Stephen Davis is a plastic surgeon who works for the Vein Guys clinic in Nashville. He says five people on board were associated with the Vein Guys clinic in Augusta, Ga.: Dr. Steven Roth, two ultrasound technicians, a nurse anesthetist and a secretary. He says Roth regularly flew to Vein Guys clinics in the region.
Dr. Roth, a vascular surgeon who works at a Kightdale clinic near Raleigh, was among the seven people. The clinic was closed Thursday and had a sign posted to the front of the building said it was closed because of a "recent tragedy," according to WRAL.
Federal authorities said the small plane aborted its landing at the airport before it hit a utility pole and crashed.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were at the scene Thursday. NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt says the plane hit a 60-foot utility pole before crashing.
The plane then burst into flames. Sumwalt says it is not immediately known why the plane aborted its landing. He says one of the plane's wings was cut off when it hit the pole, causing the plane to leak fuel that then ignited.
He says the plane broke into pieces and is almost completely burned out.
The Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier One jet crashed shortly after 8 p.m. at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport.
"It looks like it may have just overshot the runway, just barely missing a manufacturing building and crashing in the woods," said McDuffie County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Ronnie Williamson.
The plane came to rest in a field behind a factory about a mile east of the airport.
"It was demolished," said McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said.
The crash sparked a brush fire and knocked out power to the area.
"It was like a boom," said Rhonda Bouthry, who lives near the airport. "The power flickered on and off. It wasn't off but about 20 minutes."
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said seven people were on board the flight from John Tune Airport in Nashville. A male passenger was the other survivor.
Bergen said the plane departed from Nashville at 7:28 p.m and was registered to a limited liability corporation in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that the plane was connected to The Vein Guys medical clinic in Augusta. The clinic also has an office in Buckhead.