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LIBERTY, S.C. — Officials said two people were hospitalized after a plane headed for Greensboro crash-landed into trees Sunday afternoon near McClanahan Road in Liberty, S.C.

Captain Keith Galloway with the Pickens County, S.C. Sheriff’s office said the plane’s pilot called a nearby airport tower just before 5 p.m Sunday. The pilot said the plane’s engine was out.

The pilot attempted to land at a small Pickens County airport near the sheriff’s office, but the plane fell about a mile short of the runway.

Captain Galloway said once the pilot realized he or she was not going to make it, the pilot released the plane’s parachute. The parachute allowed the plane to glide into some trees, in an area that does not have any houses nearby.

According to the sheriff’s office, it took them more than an hour to get the plane out of the trees. Two of the plane’s four passengers went to the hospital for minor injuries. A spokesman for the aircraft company said both passengers who went to hospitals nearby were released immediately.

Officials said the plane took off from Cobb County, Ga, and is registered to CAIR LLC out of Greensboro.

According to the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office, CAIR LLC is an aircraft leasing company. It registered with the state in 2009.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the wreck.

More: FOX Carolina.