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3 men and 1 woman are dead in a small jet crash in Georgia, officials says

Authorities work the scene of a jet crash in a remote area in Gordon County, Georgia. The County sheriff did not say how many people were on board or if there were any fatalities. By Madeline Holcombe and Melissa Alonso, CNN

(CNN) -- The bodies of three men and one woman were recovered Sunday from the scene of a small plane crash in Georgia, according to Gordon County Deputy Coroner Christy Nicholson.

The plane took off from Peachtree City on Saturday just after 9 a.m. bound for Nashville, Heidi Kemner, a National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident investigator, said.

The small jet was located early Saturday afternoon, Kemner said Sunday, "inverted in a creek."

Authorities are waiting to identify the victims pending confirmation by the George Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab, Nicholson said.

The NTSB is investigating the crash, including the possibility weather was a factor.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen previously told CNN a Cessna 501 departed Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City before disappearing around 50 miles north of Atlanta.

One resident, Danny Hyde, told CNN affiliate WSB-TV it was "snowing pretty hard" Saturday morning while he was cooking breakfast.

"And I hear this boom," Hyde said. "I said, 'Man, that sounded like thunder.'"

Local landowners discovered the wreckage in a remote area of the county, about 3 miles off a road, Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said Saturday afternoon.

"You cannot drive a vehicle into where the aircraft is located," Ralston said. "We had to use ATVs and walk in on foot."

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