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Two dead after plane crashes into house in Atlanta suburb

Two people are dead and three others have been seriously injured after a plane crashed into a house early Wednesday morning in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Families were asleep in the home, which was located in the upscale Silver Spring community.

The single-engine turbo-prop crashed into the house about 5:15 a.m. after leaving Atlanta-Gwinnett International Airport.

There was no smoke in the plane, said Judd Mitchell, deputy fire chief for DeKalb County Fire Rescue.

DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said witnesses saw the plane touch down and take off, then crash on the ground.

Two victims, identified as Joe B. Garcia of Conyers, Georgia, and Kimberly Ann Flores of Sugarland, Texas, died on the scene.

The other three — who have not been identified — were transported to two area hospitals in critical condition.

The plane that crashed into the house was leased by the DeKalb County Retirement Police, Alexander said. He added that it had no passengers and was not operational.

At a news conference, Alexander said there is no indication of foul play, but a report is pending.

DeKalb County Fire Marshal Linda McGuire said that the fire’s origin is the question being investigated.

Two of the passengers in the plane are believed to be retirees.

Arlen Batten, president of United Property Reliance, which leases a handful of houses to police officers, said that residents of Silver Spring were alerted to the incident and are now sheltering in place.

He said that residents who live next door to the crashed house say the neighbors were asleep when the plane crashed into the house.

“There is nothing that we see that would make us think that it was a crime of some kind,” Batten said.