​Georgia Plane Crash Kills Five After Striking Utility Pole​​

February 22, 2021

Georgia authorities say that a small plane crash killed five people onboard before it aborted its landing while striking a 60-foot utility pole. The aircraft careened into a wooded area and erupted in flames.

Georgia Plane Crash

The light jet aircraft was headed toward the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson when it crashed Wednesday night.

The plane was carrying employees of Vein Guys, a vein care company with four offices in the Southeast. The five people killed, all of whom worked for the medical group, were Tiffany Porter, Kim Davidson, Heidi McCorkle, Lisa Volpitto and Dr. Steven Roth, its chief physician, according to Vein Guys spokeswoman Tina Vidal-Smith.

“We are a family, and our hearts are heavy today as we have lost members of our team,” said Kelly Vann, chief operating officer for Vein Guys. “Words cannot express our grief.”

Both pilots survived the crash and are being treated at MCG Hospital in Augusta, the company said in its statement Thursday.

The flight took off from John C. Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee, — a trip that Vein Guys described as “routine.” The two cities are about 350 miles apart; Thomson is about 30 miles west of Augusta.

“It was like a boom,” resident Rhonda Bouthry told CNN affiliate WJBF. “The power flickered on and off. It wasn’t off but about 20 minutes.”

The crash sparked a fire and left nearby residents without power.