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Pilot dead after small plane crashes in Georgia neighborhood

A pilot has died after a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in a Georgia city.

The plane crashed Thursday just over a half-mile from Daniel Field, a general aviation airport in Augusta.

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Augusta University told local news outlets that the pilot was Jason McKenzie, the school's associate director of philanthropy. McKenzie had just taken off in a single-engine Beechcraft 36 and was planning to fly to New Haven, Connecticut.

A small plane crashed in Georgia on Thursday, killing its pilot.

It is unclear what caused the plane to crash. As it came down, it clipped a tree, struck power lines, left debris in the tree and then crashed between two homes in the affluent neighborhood, bursting into flames. No one else was injured and the plane did not hit any buildings.

“I think it was a miracle,” resident Lisa Lewis told WRDW-TV. “I think the Lord protected everyone else.”

Neighbors said that while it was not unusual to hear planes so close to the airport, this sound was much louder, followed by the sound of the crash. Firefighters knocked down the flames, which the video shows shot high into the air.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said the National Transportation Safety Board would conduct an investigation. Police cordoned off a residential intersection with burned debris.

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