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Small plane crashes in Senoia, kills 2 men

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SENOIA, Ga. - Federal investigators began their work in piecing together why a plane that went missing shortly after takeoff from Atlanta Regional Airport on Saturday ended up crashed into the woods.

Authorities tell FOX 5 News that a Cessna 15 took off from Falcon Field with two men aboard sometime after 6 a.m. Saturday, but did not reach its destination on the Georgia coast prompting a search. Officials spent the entire day trying to make contact with the plane, but were not successful. They say they used the pilot and passenger's cell phone to triangulate the location.

"When the aircraft failed to arrive at its destination, there were calls made by family and friends," said NTSB investigator Luke Schiada.

Officials found the wreckage in a heavily wooded area just off of Georgia Highway 74 just south of Georgia Highway 85 in Senoia around 8 p.m. Saturday. They say the pilot appeared to have tried to make an emergency landing, but ran into the woods instead.

"It would be difficult to see unless you were specifically looking for it," said Schiada.

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk say Albert Edward Ensell IV, 57, of Peactree City, and his brother-in-law Charles Ronald Kephart, 50, of Alaska, both died in the crash.

Investigators with NTSB were out at the crash site around noon on Sunday surveying the damage and trying to determine the cause of the crash.

"We will be getting information about the aircraft, reviewing the aircrafts maintenance history, physically examining the aircraft on-site, here, and off-site. And for the environment, we'll be looking at things like weather," said Schiada.

Officials spent most of the day cataloging, collecting and hauling off the remains of the plane. Officials say the investigation into the deadly crash could take up to a year.

This is the third plane incident to happen in Coweta County within the past two weeks. The first being the crash of a World War II-era plane near Sewell Mill and Fuller Gordon roads on July 26. Officials say the second was a reported emergency landing that happened the next day.
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