Report: Plane that crashed in Calhoun, killing 4, broke up in air

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Courtesy: Gordon County Sheriff

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) – Federal investigators say a small plane that crashed in the north Georgia mountains, killing four people on board, broke up in the air after a pilot reported problems.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Wednesday that a pilot on the Feb. 8 flight from an Atlanta suburb to Nashville, Tennessee told an air traffic controller there was trouble with the autopilot.

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A pilot also reported a problem with a flight instrument that indicates the aircraft’s position relative to the horizon. The plane was on what was listed as a training flight.

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