3 crew dead in north Ga. Navy plane crash

MORGANTON, Ga. Naval Air Station Pensacola spokesman Harry White said authorities have not confirmed whether the pilot was among those killed when a T-39N went down at around 4:26 p.m. No one on the ground was injured, he said.

The plane was part of Training Air Wing 6, which conducts routine cross-country missions through Fannin County, where it crashed, about two hours north of Atlanta, on the edge of the North Carolina and Tennessee borders, White said.

Authorities don't know what caused the plane to go down and are putting together an investigative team, White said. He did not release the victims' names and said he didn't know where the plane had orginated. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the agency is not investigating the military crash.

Media outlets early on reported the plane struck a house, but Fannin County Sheriff's Office Maj. Keith Bosen said the plane just flew very close to one.

Fuel from the plane also started a brush fire that burned 10 to 15 acres, Bosen said.

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