3 killed after planes collide in west Georgia

Investigators searching for clues in crash

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Three people were killed after two single aircraft collided in midair Wednesday morning. 

The incident took place near West Georgia Regional Airport, in Carrollton, Ga.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Diamond Aircraft DA20C1 and a Beech F33A, collided just before 11 a.m.

Carroll County Fire Rescue tells 11Alive's Ryan Kruger the two planes were trying to land at the same time when they collided. The planes were on approach to Runway 35 at the airfield.

One of the aircraft is registered out of College Park, while the other is from Newnan, Ga.

All three passengers died immediately. The crash was so severe that -- looking at the wreckage from above -- you have to strain to determine that there were two planes involved. 

The three people killed were all adults, two men and one woman. 

UPDATE : New details emerge about victims of deadly Ga. airplane collision

West Georgia Regional is a small airport with only two runways. A longtime pilot at the airfield says it is an ideal field for practicing because there is not much traffic. But that also means no air traffic control. So when taking off or landing, pilots have to rely on a so-called 'see and avoid' practice -- be aware of who is flying around you -- and announce your location on a shared frequency. 

Airport services manager Randy Williams says that is exactly what the pilots did on Wednesday. 

"They'll talk to each other -- call out their positions in the pattern so the other pilot will know what's going on," Williams said. 

Williams manages the fixed base operation at West Georgia Regional and says he was listening to the radio -- and says he heard one of the planes announce its location just before the crash. 

"They were shooting landings -- practicing," Williams said. "That's about all I heard and I didn't pay too close attention, because I hear that type of pattern all the time."

Only moments later, he says, a coworker ran to his office to tell him there had been a crash.

Two of the victims were a flight instructor and student from a school in Newnan. 

Workers at the airport in Carrollton said they saw the instructor often. They said she was often bringing in students. Her identity has not been officially been released. 

No information has been released about the student who passed away as of yet. 

The flight school -- Falcon Aviation Academy -- has three locations, in Newnan, Athens and Peachtree City, and is affiliated with Liberty University. It offers flight and air dispatch classes. 

The second plane is registered to a man from College Park. No information was immediately available about the pilot of that plane.

The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the cause of the accident. 

MORE | Photos from the scene

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