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5 dead in Western NC jet crash

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MACON COUNTY, NC (WSPA) - Five people have died after a plane crash in Franklin, NC. According to CBS affiliate WSPA, the crash happened at the end of the runway at the Macon County Airport.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed the deaths.

The Highway Patrol has confirmed five fatalities.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the wreckage of the twin engine jet.

The FAA says the twin engine Cessna Citation model 501 was coming from Venice Municipal Airport in Florida.  All five people on board were killed.

County officials tell WSPA the jet was trying to land around 1:45 p.m. when it appeared to be coming in at a steep angle.  When it attempted to correct, one of the wings dipped causing it to flip and explode.

"The right wing dipped, flipped the airplane upside down and immediately burst into flames. My two people were there within a minute, literally within a minute, hoping someone got thrown clear of the airplane but there was no one to be seen, " said Neil Hoppe Macon County Airport Operator.

Franklin fire officials extinguished the fire and Airport Road was closed to traffic.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.  No identities have been confirmed.  The investigation may take months to determine what caused the crash.

To see video of the wreckage click here.

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