Georgia plane crash: No survivors of the disaster near General Mills factory, say cops
In a shocking incident, a jet crashed near a General Mills factory in Covington, Georgia, on the evening of Thursday, April 21, and as per the authorities, there were no survivors. According to Covington Police Department officer Ken Malcom, who talked with Fox 5, the disaster occurred immediately after departure from Covington Municipal Airport at 6:45 pm, and the plane seemed to have engine problems.
According to witnesses, the twin-engine Cessna appeared to be having difficulty gaining altitude and began producing odd engine noises. The plane made a right turn, then dropped straight down into an isolated part of the General Mills factory used for tractor-trailer storage. He claimed that the plane looked to explode upon contact and that as a result of the disaster, numerous empty trailers caught fire.
"We saw what we believe is a wing and possibly a part of an engine, but again it's a lot of charred metal back there right now," Malcom said. Investigators are still trying to figure out how many people were on the plane, but Malcom stated that there are no survivors. According to the police captain, many lives were spared because the jet did not fall directly into the factory, but rather around 300 feet away. "The fact that it didn’t crash into the plant, saved many lives," Malcom said.
Images from the area show significant smoke and multiple tractor trucks destroyed. A spokesman for General Mills informed a CBS 46 reporter that the firm is cooperating with law enforcement. The incident occurred about 7:05 pm, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman, who did not have any other information. According to witnesses, there was a succession of tiny explosions following the accident. Six trailers that were parked together and were thought to be mainly empty caught fire and were damaged as a result of the incident.
According to Fox 5, the General Mills factory is around 30 miles east of Atlanta. The collision will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.