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Three Killed in Crash of Florida-Based Navy Training Jet

FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. - A Naval aircraft based in Pensacola, Fla., crashed late Monday afternoon - killing three of the crew - in a field east of the town of Blue Ridge, Ga., in northern Georgia.

The aircraft was a U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliner, and it went down in a rural area of Fannin County, Ga., after hitting a home and landing in a field.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the pilot and two others were confirmed dead in the crash. Police are searching for a fourth person said to be on the plane. Pensacola Naval Air Station spokesman Harry White said the condition of the other crew member is not known at this time.

Police said the plane was based out of the Pensacola Naval Air Station, and that the airplane was used for training purposes by the Navy.

According to officials, the plane caused a fire in the woods in the area where it crashed.

(Contributing: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal)

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