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Plane crash-lands in trees in Pickens Co.

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A plane crash landed in the trees in Liberty. (July 22, 2012/Courtesy Jonathan Browder) A plane crash landed in the trees in Liberty. (July 22, 2012/Courtesy Jonathan Browder)
LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A plane crash-landed into trees near McClanahan Road in Liberty on Sunday afternoon, sending two people to the hospital.

Monday afternoon, cleanup crews drained the fuel from the plane, but Pickens County Emergency Management officials expect the plane to be removed from the trees on Tuesday.

Pickens EMS said the plane had four passengers and was headed from Kennesaw, GA, to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC, when they reported problems by cell phone to authorities.

Officials said the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing at the Pickens County Airport when the plane went down about 5 p.m.

The plane's parachute deployed, guiding it into the trees, officials said. We're told two of the four people on board were taken to the hospital and two refused treatment.

SLIDESHOW: See iWitness photos from the plane crash

"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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