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NEW ORLEANS -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a deadly plane crash in northwest Atlanta. The plane was bound for New Orleans.

According to Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, two people on board were killed. One of the victims has been identitfied as 67-year-old Peter Mallen of Atlanta. The other victim has not yet been identified.

The small aircraft was expected to land at the New Orleans Lakeshore Airport at 7:15 p.m., but never made it to its destination.

Eyewitness reports out of Atlanta describe the plane losing control, crashing and then exploding into a ball of fire.

The FAA says the plane left Fulton County Airport in Georgia, crashing around 7 p.m.

Eyewitness News has confirmed it was due to arrive at Flightline first here at Lakefront Airport and was registered to spend a night in the New Orleans area before departing again Tuesday.

The FAA hasn't released the names of either victim but did say the Raytheon 390 Premier I was registered to a company in the metro-Atlanta area.

The FAA says the cause of the plane crash is under investigation.

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