LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CBS/AP) Two people escaped from a small airplane that crashed and caught fire at the end of a runway at the Gwinnett County Airport in Georgia.

Local news outlets report a flight instructor and a student pilot walked away Sunday afternoon before the single-engine Cessna 172 was engulfed in flames at Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville.  They were checked out at the scene of the crash by emergency medical personnel.

The pilots were conducting touch-and-go maneuvers just before the crash. Air traffic controllers tell officials the pilots didn’t make a distress call, but experienced a hard landing.  Federal Aviation Administration investigators are examining what caused a small plane to crash Sunday in suburban Atlanta.

Fire engulfed the plane after the crash but it was extinguished by 1:30 p.m.  The plane was destroyed.

It was the second plane crash in two days in Georgia. A single-engine Piper PA-28A crashed Saturday in Paulding County, killing the pilot. He was identified Sunday as 70-year-old Paul Deep of Middleburg, Florida. The plane didn’t burn and investigators aren’t sure what caused the crash.

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