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Gwinnett officials say 2 people have non-life-threatening injuries after small plane goes down


LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — Gwinnett County police and fire officials say two people received non-life-threatening injuries after a small plane went down in a home's backyard.

Gwinnett County Fire Department Capt. Tommy Rutledge says crews arrived at the scene on Amhearst Mill Drive in Lawrenceville around 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon. Rutledge says the plane didn't cause damage to surrounding buildings.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera says a man in his mid-20s was piloting the plane. He was conscious, alert and breathing when police arrived. She says a male teenage passenger was semi-conscious when police arrived. Both people were taken to a hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings in the Piper PA 28 when it crashed two miles northeast of Gwinnett County Airport.

The plane came to rest on the opposite side of a backyard fence.

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