Small jet with 7 on board crashes in Georgia, 5 dead

THOMSON, Ga. - A small jet with seven on board crashed after landing at an airport in Georgia, killing five of the seven people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I crashed around 8:30 Wednesday at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport. She says the jet went off the runway after it landed in Thomson, about 30 miles west of Augusta.  The plane went into a nearby wooded area.

Five people died in the crash, according to ABC affiliate WJBF.

At least two people -- the pilot and a passenger -- survived, according to McDuffie County Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Sewell.

The cause of the accident was unclear and Bergen says the plane is registered to a company based in Wilmington, Del.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. 

The crash knocked out electrical power to 5,000 people.

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