MURPHY, CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB/ AP) -- Federal investigators say a pilot and three passengers died in the crash of a twin-engine plane in Murphy.

Investigators are also reporting there was a fire onboard.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said Thursday that the pilot of the Beech Baron 58 reported a fire onboard the aircraft prior to the crash some 125 miles west of Asheville.

The plane was flying Wednesday from Atlanta to Hazard, Ky.

The identities of the four victims haven't been released.

The Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader reports that three women from Knott County were supposed to be onboard.

The plane typically has four to six seats and was registered to Aero Resources Corp. of Hazard. The company has said it had no information on the crash.