Three people are hurt after a small plane crashed into a swamp early Tuesday in Dodge County.
One female flight student from Space Coast Aviation on Merritt Island, Fla., was airlifted to The Medical Center of Central, said Capt Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.
The woman, identified as 22-year-old Harsha Malkani of Ireland, suffered a head injury and was expected to be released Tuesday afternoon from the Medical Center, hospital sources said.
The flight instructor and another student, whose names were not immediately available, walked away from the wreckage and called 911 on a cellphone to report the crash. They were treated and released from the Dodge County Hospital following the 1:50 a.m. crash, Winborn said.
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The plane was trying to land to refuel at Heart of Georgia Regional Airport in Eastman when it went down into a remote area of the Gum Swamp of the Little Ocmulgee River just north of the runway near Ga. 46, Winborn said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash with the help of Dodge County sheriff's deputies who responded to the scene and secured the wreckage.