The county is located about 45 miles west of Atlanta. Benefield did not immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press.

The single-engine planes crashed just before 11 am near the end of the lone runway at West Georgia Regional Airport, said Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue. The airport is located in Carrollton, about 45 miles west of Atlanta.

Captain Jeff Richards of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased flight instructor as 24-year-old Taylor Nicole Stone of East Ridge, Tennessee. Her student, who also died, was identified only as a male, pending notification of his family.


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