Small plane crashes in west Georgia; 2 dead

TALLAPOOSA, GA (AP) Two people were killed when a plane crashed in west Georgia as it apparently tried to make an emergency landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Cessna 177 crashed Saturday around 1:40 p.m. west of Tallapoosa near the Alabama state line. The crash happened close to Highway 78.

Haralson County Coroner Danny Hutcheson said authorities were still trying to figure out what happened. He said one burned survivor told rescuers that the plane's engine stalled. Hutcheson said the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing in a field, but the aircraft apparently struck trees.

The burned survivor was flown by helicopter to Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims since they are still trying to notify family members.

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