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Investigators release report on eastern Ga. plane crash that killed surgeon, 4 staff members

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THOMSON, Georgia — Federal investigators have issued a report on a plane crash that killed an Augusta-based vascular surgeon and four of his colleagues.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators say a private jet carrying Vein Guys medical practice employees hit a utility pole at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport near Augusta the night of Feb. 20, 2013.

NTSB officials say Georgia Power built the pole in 1989 but didn't notify federal aviation officials, and the obstruction wasn't listed on aeronautical charts.

The report says Georgia Department of Transportation inspections in 2010 and 2012 found that the airport met minimum state safety requirements, but didn't meet federal precision and visual approach requirements. Airport officials couldn't be reached for comment.

The NTSB plans to release a probable cause report on the crash at a later date.

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