AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - A Sumter County plane crash killed two people, according to officials.
Edd Anthony, 69, and Michael Cochran, 63, were killed in the crash, according to Pete Smith, Sumter County sheriff.
The crash happened in a pecan orchard about a mile north of the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FAA officials said the crash happened at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The aircraft had just departed when the crash happened, according to the FAA.
The pecan orchard is in the 300 block of Old Andersonville Road.
The aircraft, a Cirrus SR22, just departed from an airport when the crash happened, FAA officials said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrived on the scene Wednesday afternoon. The GBI used a drone to map the crash scene.
FAA officials and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene.
The crash was discovered by workers in the pecan orchard.
The plane that crashed appears to be a small engine plane capable of only carrying two people, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials also said no one heard the crash and they are not sure if the plane was leaving, coming in or just going through.
Some of those agencies include GBI and FAA.
Officials said there was a great amount of wreckage. Because of the amount of wreckage, a direct cause has not been determined.
The debris field is about the size of a football field, officials said.