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3 killed in Forsyth County plane crash

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- Three people were killed in a plane crash Monday afternoon in Forsyth County just outside of Kernersville, according to the NTSB.

The aircraft, a Beech A36, went down in the vicinity of N.C. 66 and U.S. 311, in or near the Vulcan Materials East Forsyth Quarry.

“It immediately went up in flames,” said John McCollum, a telecommunicator with  Forsyth County EMS, told the News & Record.

Peter Knudson, with the NTSB, said three people were on board the plane and all three were killed. The plane was flying from Sarasota Florida to Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The crash happened about 12:10 p.m. about seven miles southwest of PTI, a Federal Aviation Administration official said.

The pilot of the aircraft tried to make contact with the tower at PTI minutes prior to the crash, according to PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker.

There is no word on the cause of the crash.

A preliminary report is expected in the next week.

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