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Police identify 2 men killed in crash of small plane in coastal Georgia

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BRUNSWICK, Georgia — Authorities identified the two people killed in a plane crash near the Georgia coastline as a Florida man and an Alabama man.

Glynn County police identified them as Andres Santiago Lopez, 28; and Adam Christopher Griffis, 31.

Lopez was a resident of Jacksonville, Florida; and Griffis lived in Prattville, Alabama, The Brunswick News reported.

PHOTO: A twin-engine plane recovered from Wally's Leg, a creek off the Intracoastal Waterway near Brunswick, Ga., sits on a Drury Land and Marine barge at the company's dock Wednesday March 26, 2014. The track hoe was used to pull the plane from the creek. The Piper PA-44 Seminole had crashed on Monday Mar. 24, 2014 killing the two people on board.  (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)
A twin-engine plane recovered from Wally's Leg, a creek off the Intracoastal Waterway near Brunswick, Ga., sits on a Drury Land and Marine barge at the company's dock Wednesday March 26, 2014. The track hoe was used to pull the plane from the creek. The Piper PA-44 Seminole had crashed on Monday Mar. 24, 2014 killing the two people on board. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)

The Piper aircraft was flying from Concord, North Carolina to Jacksonville when it went missing from radar Monday in an area known as Wally's Leg. Etcher says the plane was registered to ATP flight school and the journey from North Carolina to Florida was part of its training program.

Griffis was raised in Prattville and graduated from Prattville High School, his relatives told Alabama television station WSFA-TV. He had dual citizenship in the United States and Chile and had a love of flying, they said.

"He had his single-prop license and wanted to upgrade it to a dual-prop license," said his sister-in-law, Jennifer Griffis. "A lot of people in Prattville and this area knew him and loved him."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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PHOTO: 3/26/14 - Shawn Etcher,  left, an air safety investigator from the NTSB, Georgia Department of Natural Resources   Capt. Doug Lewis, center, and DNR Sgt. Chris Hodge hold an afternoon news conference Wednesday, March 26, 2014,   at the Brunswick Glynn County Airport concerning the Piper PA-44 Seminole that crashed on Monday   killing the two people on board. The aircraft was located and recovered from water in a marsh just north and east of the airport. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)
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