FAA: 2 planes collide in deadly Georgia crash

The county is located about 45 miles west of Atlanta

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly plane crash in western Georgia (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

A fire chief says two single-engine planes may have been trying to land at the same time when they collided at a small airport in western Georgia.

Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue confirmed in phone interview that three people died in the Wednesday crash just off the runway at West Georgia Regional Airport.

Blue says a pilot who saw the crash from the air told authorities it appeared that both planes were attempting to land simultaneously “and one came on top of the other.” However, Blue said investigators have not confirmed those details.

The fire chief said wreckage from the planes was so mixed together that first responders initially thought the debris all belonged to a single aircraft.

Blue says authorities have not yet identified those who died.

12:20 p.m.

Federal officials say the midair collision of two small aircraft caused a deadly plane crash in western Georgia.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that two single-engine planes collided over the West Georgia Regional Airport. The crash happened just before 11 a.m. Wednesday in Carroll County, about 45 miles west of Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports (http://2wsb.tv/2casnZl ) Bud Benefield, a deputy fire chief for Carroll County, confirmed three people died in the crash.

The FAA says it’s investigating the crash.

11:50 a.m.

A fire official says three people are dead following a plane crash near a small airport in western Georgia.

WSB-TV reports (http://2wsb.tv/2casnZl ) Bud Benefield, a deputy fire chief for Carroll County, confirmed the crash happened Wednesday near West Georgia Regional Airport. The county is located about 45 miles west of Atlanta.

Benefield did not immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press.

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