Missing Georgia Sight-Seeing Plane Found; No Survivors

06/02/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Ellijay, GA — A sight-seeing flight that went missing late Monday, May 31, 2011, was found in an extremely remote area of Gilmer County on Wednesday, June 1. The four occupants of the plane did not survive the plane crash, reported CBS Atlanta.

According to police officials, the group was on a sight-seeing flight after someone on the plane won the trip from a door prize at Gilmer High School’s 50th class reunion.

By late Monday night the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was reported missing after it didn’t return back to the airport.

Search and rescue efforts were launched and over 200 people joined the search, both on the ground and in the air. The plane reportedly didn’t have a flight path, making it harder for rescuers to locate the plane.

Residents near the airport reported hearing a plane in distress, before it seemingly disappeared.

On Wednesday afternoon the wreckage was located in a remote area. That evening rescuers were lowered to the wreckage by a rope from a helicopter and located the bodies of the pilot and passengers.

The pilot was identified by friends as Ohio resident Phil Key. The passengers included husband and wife, Woody and Mattie Pierce from Ellijay, and Patricia Smith of Ellijay.

Investigations into the plane crash are underway.

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