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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - Three people who survived a plane crash atop Holston Mountain in East Tennessee have been safely rescued.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathis told the Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/1j5GeLm) that rescuers reached the victims Wednesday morning after getting a report about the crash Tuesday evening. Mathis says it took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of the crash, which was in a densely forested area at an elevation of 3,000 feet.

The Post and Courier of Charleston has identified the plane involved as a Cessna 172.

He said the plane had stopped in Elizabethton for fuel on its way to Ohio after departing from Charleston, S.C.

The identities of the crash victims weren't immediately released. Mathis said two were in critical condition.

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