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BREAKING: One person found dead following plane crash in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
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Authorities arrived on the scene of a plane crash involving a fatality within the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson told DCN Friday afternoon. 

At about 9:12 a.m. on Jan. 13, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office E-911 Center received a call reporting a possible plane crash near the wildlife management area’s Shoal Creek and Dawson Forest roads, Johnson said. He later clarified to DCN that the crash occurred in the evening of Thursday Jan. 12 but was not reported until the morning of Jan. 13. 

DCSO, Dawson County Emergency Services, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol officials responded to search the area. Following a brief search, the DCSO Drone Operator located the crash site and directed responders to the scene.

Responders did locate a deceased male occupant at the crash site. 

DCSO investigators are working in conjunction with agents from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to process the scene. 

The plane reportedly left Cherokee County Airport in Canton, Ga. for an out-of-state destination.

The area and roadways surrounding the crash scene will remain closed until the scene is clear, Johnson said.

While investigators have made contact with the victim’s family, no identification is being released at this time. 

Johnson encouraged “all to remember the family of this victim in your thoughts and prayers.”

DCN will update this story.