Authorities are investigating the crash of a small plane in northeast Georgia that left three people and two dogs dead.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Piper Cherokee crashed near the Habersham County airport around midnight Wednesday.

Baldwin Police Chief Chad Nichols says three people and two dogs were killed in the crash. Nichols says the crash scene is in a wooded area near a mobile home park, about 75 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Nichols says the plane left Fort Pierce, Florida, for the airport in Habersham County.

Bergen said early Thursday that local authorities will release the names and conditions of people who were on board.

Bergen says the FAA is investigating. The National Transportation Safety Board will work to determine the probable cause of the crash.

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