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Authorities believe 3 killed, 2 injured in plane crash

SUCHES, Ga. (AP) - Three people were believed to have been killed and two were critically injured after a small aircraft crashed into a house burst into flames in north Georgia on Saturday, authorities said.

The single-engine Piper 32 crashed around 12:50 p.m., said Union County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Hromalik. The victims had all been aboard the plane and no one on the ground was injured.

The aircraft was coming from Hilton Head Island, S.C., and overshot the runway while trying to land at High Valley Airport in Suches, said Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hromalik said no one was in the house at the time of the crash.

Hromalik said he believed three were killed and two others are in critical condition. One passenger was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., while the other was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The identity and ages of the victims were not immediately available.

The plane was registered to MASI LLC, a company located at 13 Princeton Circle in Hilton Head, according to the FAA Web site. Phone calls to the company went unanswered.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said it will investigate the crash.