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Officials look for answers in wreckage

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Friday evening, aviation officials had as many questions as answers regarding what caused a Cessna 310 to crash into a Lawrenceville home, killing two people.

The pilot and a woman inside the home, who remain unidentified, died in the explosion. Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the bodies were found at about 7 p.m. and turned over the the county medical examiner.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene through the night, dousing hot spots remaining from the crash, which happened just after 1 p.m.

The pilot had taken off from Briscoe Field and was en route to Sparta, Tenn. Wilson said no distress calls were made.

The National Transportation Safety Board held a press briefing Friday night, where air safety investigator Butch Wilson said coming up with answers is a "matter of piecing through the wreckage."

"Right now we have the same questions you have," Wilson said.

Wilson said both the home and aircraft were almost completely destroyed.

The explosion, a likely combination of the plane's fuel supply and the home's gas lines, was "tremendous," Rutledge said.

"It was a very intense fire," Wilson added.

Wilson said he didn't know how much of the plane could be recovered, but there was no "black box," which often tells much of the story in plane crashes.

Most modern aircraft, he said, have some sort of recording device on board. This plane, however, was a 1965 model.

Wilson said investigators may find the answers they are looking for after piecing the aircraft together.

"Then again, we may not," he said.

The investigation is expected to continue today.