THOMSON, Ga. —
Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell told the Augusta Chronicle that the two survivors were a pilot and a passenger. But he provided no additional information about those aboard.
A brush fire flared near the crash scene, in woods behind an industrial plant about a half-mile from the airport. Witnesses reported power outages that prompted a utility to send workers to the site.
The crash site was on the opposite side of a state highway from where the runway ends.
Patricia Reese and her husband live in a farmhouse near the site. She said Thursday they were watching TV on Wednesday night when they were startled by noise and a power outage.
"The lights blinked and went off, and all of a sudden we heard this noise," Reece said. "It sounded like thunder that just kept going on and on."
Reece's husband grabbed a flashlight and they headed into the pitch-dark field behind their home. They soon saw flashing lights from emergency vehicles and thick smoke pouring from the woods, she said.