Five people were killed and two others were injured after a small jet crashed Wednesday night in east Georgia. According to FOX 5's Chris Shaw, the five fatalities worked in the Augusta office of The Vein Guys, and were returning from a trip when the plane crashed.
According to the NTSB, the Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier I crashed
while landing at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport just west of
Augusta. They say the plane took off a short time earlier from an
airport in Nashville.
The NTSB said that the small jet aborted its landing at the last second, but instead of going back up into the air, it hit a utility pole and crashed. It is not know why pilots decided to abort the landing.
Investigators have not yet released the names of any of the seven people on board the jet, but a doctor for The Vein Guys says the two survivors were pilots.
"It is with deep sadness that we report that five members of our staff on the plane were killed in the accident, including our Chief Physician, Dr. Steven Roth. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the individuals who were lost," said Tina Vidal-Smith of the Vein Guys in a statement.
"We are a family and our hearts weigh heavy today as we have lost members of our team- words cannot express our grief," said Kelly Vann, Chief Operating Officer of the Vein Guys, in the statement.
The Vein Guys is a medical company specializing in varicose vein surgery, according to its website. They have offices in Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta, and are headquartered in Augusta.
A doctor with the company says the group of five people frequently traveled for day trips to the satellite offices to do work, were on their way home from the Nashville office Wednesday night when their jet crashed.
A family member of one of The Vein Guys workers says the crash has been devastating to the entire company. She says because this group traveled so often together, and spent so much time together, they were very close. She says they were like family.
Investigators say one of the survivors is in critical condition at an Augusta Hospital.