Investigators searched Georgia woods west of Augusta today looking for clues about why a small jet overshot an airport runway and crashed, killing five and injuring two. The jet, which carried seven individuals, including five who worked for the Vein Guys clinic based in Augusta, crashed late Wednesday night about thirty miles west of that city. It is not known if any of the five employees were among the survivors. Dr. Steven Roth, one of the co-founders of the Vein Guys clinic, was aboard the plane with two ultrasound technicians, a nurse anesthetist, and a secretary. Dr. Roth regularly flew to Vein Guys clinics located in Georgia and Tennessee.
The two individuals who survived were transported to local hospitals. Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell told the Augusta Chronicle that the two survivors were the pilot and a passenger. No additional information was provided about those aboard the plane. One of the survivors is a man who remains in critical condition. No information has been provided about the other individual’s location or condition. The five who died in the accident were taken for autopsies and have yet to be identified.
The plane had taken off from Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday evening and crashed while attempting to land at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport located in Thomson, Georgia. The plane crashed on the opposite side of the highway from where the runway ends. The crash caused a brush fire near the scene and power outages in nearby homes. One couple that lives close to the airport stated that their “lights blinked and went off, and all of a sudden we heard this noise. It sounded like thunder that just kept going on and on.”
NTSB: Plane aborted landing, hit utility pole, www.miamiherald.com February 20, 2013
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