"Everyone appeared to be somewhat healthy and needing to be checked out, but certainly could've been far worse," said Chuck Haynes, director of Pickens County Emergency Management.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said the aircraft registration is N138CK.
According to FlightAware.com, the plane, owned by CAIR LLC out of Greensboro, had left Georgia shortly before 4:30 p.m. Logs from FlightAware also indicate the plane had made trips earlier in the day from Gulfport, MS, to Shelby County, TN, and then to Cobb County.
CAIR LLC's lawyer, Bill Gust, said the wreck looked worse than it was. He said there was a mechanical failure, but will not say how until all federal investigations into exactly how the plane went down are complete.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash and the The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident, which takes several months.
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