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Coroner: Student pilot from India at controls when plane crashed
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Firefighters work at the scene of a plane crash near Richard Russell Field in Rome, Ga., Friday, March 21, 2008. Officials confirmed the two men aboard were killed but witheld other information pending an investigation. - photo by Associated Press
    ROME, Ga. — A student pilot from India was at the controls of a small, two-engine plane when it crashed, killing him and his flight instructor, a coroner said Saturday.
    Lokesh Venkat, 23, who was from the southern Indian city of Chennai, was living in the Atlanta area temporarily while he and a group of people from his country took aviation training, Floyd County chief deputy coroner Tony Cooper said.
    The plane he was piloting crashed in woods near Richard B. Russell Airport on Friday afternoon. Killed were Venkat and flight instructor Kwang Yi, 34, of Duluth, Cooper said.
    It was unclear what caused the plane to crash. Authorities continue to investigate.
    FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane, a four-seat Beechcraft BE76, crashed on takeoff and burned.

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