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2 men walk away from Georgia plane crash, second in 2 days

October 15, 2018

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators are examining what caused a small plane to crash Sunday in suburban Atlanta.

Local news outlets report a flight instructor and a student pilot walked away Sunday afternoon before the single-engine Cessna 172 was engulfed in flames at Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville.

The pilots were conducting touch-and-go maneuvers just before the crash. Air traffic controllers tell officials the pilots didn’t make a distress call, but experienced a hard landing.

The plane was destroyed by the fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

It was the second plane crash in two days in Georgia. A single-engine Piper PA-28A crashed Saturday in Paulding County, killing the pilot. He was identified Sunday as 70-year-old Paul Deep of Middleburg, Florida. The plane didn’t burn and investigators aren’t sure what caused the crash.

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