WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Two men were killed in the crash of a single-engine plane in central Georgia, authorities said.
The crash happened Monday night in the Warner Robins area, The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reported. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said the bodies were recovered shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.
The men, who are believed to be residents of Greenville, S.C., were flying in a Piper PA-32 aircraft when it went down, authorities said.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane crashed about one mile northeast of Robins Air Force Base at 6:05 p.m.
Bergen said the flight had departed with two people on board from Apalachicola Municipal Airport in Apalachicola, Fla., and was headed for Greenville Downtown Airport in Greenville, S.C.
The crash site was in a swampy area near the Houston-Bibb County line, about 500 yards off Georgia Highway 247. The rugged terrain made for difficult conditions as emergency responders attempted to reach the plane.
“It’s treacherous out there,” Jones said. “It’s rough. It’s logs. It’s trees. It’s very dangerous going out there.”
Houston County firefighters were the first on the scene and two units fought through the murky ground and swamp where mosquitoes and other bugs were swarming.
The Houston County crews were able to confirm that no one on board the plane survived the impact, Jones said.
Robins Air Force Base dispatched a large crash truck, and a Houston County light truck was brought in to illuminate the woods as the sun was beginning to set.
The recovery effort in the dense brush and clear-cut trees grew more complicated after snakes were spotted in the boggy terrain, Jones said.
Just before 8:30 p.m., a bulldozer arrived from the Georgia Forestry Commission to cut a path through the woods so crews could get the necessary equipment to the crash site and remove the bodies.