ELLIJAY- (AP) The Gilmer County coroner says a search team is attempting to recover the bodies of four people killed when their sightseeing plane crashed atop a mountain.

Coroner Jerry Hensley said Thursday the names of those killed have not been released.

The group was on the flight after one of the people in the group won the trip as a door prize at Gilmer County High School’s class of 1961 reunion.

Maj. Paige Joyner of the Civil Air Patrol says crews discovered the bodies Wednesday night after lowering a searcher from a helicopter to reach the site on Rich Mountain.

The plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was reported missing Monday. Three of the occupants were from north Georgia and the fourth was from Ohio.

Gilmer County Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Pritchett  says the crash site was spotted by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter Wednesday.


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