Authorities say a small plane crashed into a pond west of Atlanta and killed the three people aboard.

WSB-TV reports the Cessna 182 apparently was headed toward the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway south of Atlanta when it crashed about 9 a.m. Sunday. A Federal Aviation Administration official could not confirm its destination.

The plane was submerged in the pond near Carrollton, about 40 miles west of Atlanta.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says local authorities told the agency that three people were killed. Names of the victims were not immediately released.

Bergen says the plane left McCollum Field south of Atlanta and the pilot did not file a flight plan.