A Senoia man was among the four killed when their twin-engine jet crashed in Gordon County shortly after taking off Saturday morning.
Gordon County Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson identified the victims as Pilot Roy Smith, 68, of Fayetteville, his son, 25-year-old Morgen Smith of Atlanta, the son’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Savannah Sims of Atlanta, and 63-year-old Raymond Sluk of Senoia.
They were the only ones aboard the Cessna Citation, which disappeared from radar about 10:10 a.m., and was later found in a remote area of Gordon County.
After hours of searching, the plane was discovered in a hilly area that is accessible only by foot, according to Gordon County Chief Deputy Robert Paris.
The jet departed from Atlanta Regional Airport, Falcon Field, in Peachtree City about 9:45 a.m. and was headed for Nashville, according to Heidi Kemner, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Kemmer said It was snowing at the time, but it’s unclear if the weather was a factor in the crash.
Investigators are expected to continue examining the wreckage and gathering information at their office in Washington. It could be up to 18 months before a factual report is ready and a determination on cause is made, Kemmer said.