3 dead after single-engine plane crash in northern Georgia

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Three people died after a single-engine plane crashed just north of Gainesville, Fla., Friday, authorities said.

The pilot of a Cessna 182 bound for Florida tried returning to the Gainesville airport before crashing near a mobile home park in Hall County, Georgia, killing everyone on board.


The victims of the crash are Dan Delnoce, 44, of Gainesville; Courtney Flanders, 45, of Gainesville; and 39-year old Matthew Delnoce of Ohio, the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the bodies were transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy.

Flight records say the passengers were traveling to Daytona Beach from the Lee Gilmer Airport in Gainesville.

Investigators say the crash happened shortly after 6 p.m., about a mile from the airport.

"It was just like a loud crash sound and I looked up and it was like a little white plane crashed down. It hit the tree. It looked like he was trying to land safely but it didn't work out," witness Dustin York told WSB-TV of Atlanta.

Authorities said part of a wing landed on a mobile, but none of the individuals in the home were injured. Four adults and one child were evacuated from the house and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.


The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, the FAA said in a Friday press release.

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