SKYLAND, N.C. (AP) -- Three men are dead after the small plane they were traveling in crashed in rural western North Carolina.
The single-engine Cessna 182 was on its way from Dublin, Georgia, to Asheville Regional Airport when it disappeared from radar around 11 a.m. Kathleen Bergen of the Federal Aviation Administration says air traffic control lost contact with the plane about a mile and a half northwest of the airport.
A release from the Georgia airport says attorney James Hilburn, Jefferson I. Davis the Third and James Rodney Connell were on the plane when it departed around 9:30 a.m and were killed in the crash.
Connell worked in Dublin, where he picked up and delivered cars bought and sold by a Toyota dealership.
Jerry Pitts, a co-owner of the dealership, says the three men were flying to North Carolina to pick up a car Hilburn was buying for his wife. Pitts says Connell was to drive the car back to Georgia while Hilburn and Davis flew home.
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