Searchers reach plane crash site in North Georgia

By JEFF MARTIN

Associated Press

ATLANTA - Crews searching for a missing airplane with four people on board said late Wednesday they were able to lower a rescuer who rappelled from a helicopter to reach a remote crash site high atop a Georgia mountain.

The site is on Rich Mountain, in an extremely rugged and remote part of Gilmer County, Maj. Paige Joyner of the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol told The Associated Press.

Several tips from local residents, some of whom reported seeing or hearing what sounded like a plane, were pieced together by searchers who zeroed in on the mountain. The crash site was then spotted by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter Wednesday afternoon, Joyner said.

"They're 99 percent sure from the air that this is the airplane," she said.

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