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2 adults, 1 child dead in plane crash in Great Smoky Mountains

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Three people are dead after a plane crashed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Officials discovered the plane’s wreckage around 4 p.m. on Tuesday near Cole Creek and Bearpen Hollow Branch, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Kim Smith, 42, David Starling 41, and 8-year-old Hunter Starling were all aboard the plane.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen, the plane left Jacksonville, Florida and was heading to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport when it crashed. The family was flying to the area for vacation.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, a National Park Service news release states.

Recovery efforts are set to begin Wednesday.