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One person confirmed dead in plane crash
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One person was killed and another seriously injured when a small plane crashed at Lee Gilmer airport in Gainesville - photo by Shannon Casas/Gainesville Times

One person was killed and another seriously injured when a plane crashed this morning at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, officials confirmed.

A bystander who works at a nearby business was able to pull one person from the wreckage, Gainesville fire spokesman Keith Smith said, but fire at the crash prevented him from helping the other.

The second victim was airlifted with injuries to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Cpl. Joe Britte said the small plane appears to have hit power lines on the approach to the airport and crashed into the roadway on Palmour Drive.

The single-engine Aero Commander 114 was taking off from the airport when the pilot discovered some sort of trouble possibly with the engine and tried to circle back to the airport, city emergency personnel said.

“The point of impact appears to be the power lines,” Britte said. “It landed on the roadway before the barbed wire fence.”

Power is out at the airport, according to police spokesman Kevin Holbrook. The National Transportation Safety Board is on the way to the scene, he said.