ELLABELL, Ga. -- 11Alive has learned that a small airplane headed to metro Atlanta has crashed killing all aboard.

Officials tell 11Alive sister-station WSAV that the aircraft went down in the area of Ellabell, Georgia - a small town about 25 miles west of Savannah, Georgia. That's where a Coast Guard helicopter found the wreckage.

It was apparently the Coast Guard that first received a beacon signal around 9 a.m. - about the same time that air traffic control lost contact with a tan and white Bonanza aircraft at about 300 feet.

A total of three people were on the flight at the time it crashed, WSAV reports. They also added that it was heading to an airport in Cobb County.

So far, authorities have identified the passengers as 42-year-old William Cocke and 39-year-old Catherine Cocke - both of Savannah, Georgia. The pilot has not been identified.