Federal investigators say a pilot and three passengers died in the crash of a twin-engine plane in the western North Carolina mountains.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said on Thursday that the pilot of the Beech Baron 58 reported a fire onboard the aircraft prior to the crash some 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Asheville.
The plane was flying on Wednesday from Atlanta to Hazard, Kentucky.
The identities of the four victims haven't been released. The Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader reports that three women from Knott County were supposed to be onboard.
The plane typically has four to six seats and was registered to Aero Resources Corp. of Hazard. The company has said it had no information on the crash.