DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA)
Four people were killed when a small plane crashed on Interstate 285 east in DeKalb County Friday morning.
The plane took off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport at around 10:10 a.m. and went down moments later near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-32 aircraft departed Runway 3 Left at PDK, then crashed about a mile away.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene about a minute after learning of the crash. DeKalb County Fire Capt. Eric Jackson confirmed the four deaths. Investigators said the victims included three men and one woman.
Grady Byrd of Asheville, N.C., confirmed to 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom that his son, two grandsons, and the fiancee of one of the grandsons are the victims. The son and one grandson came in from Asheville to pick up the other son and his fiancee in Atlanta.
Witnesses said they saw the plane flying very close to the ground, then crash into the interstate median. They said it "exploded" and burst into flames on impact. Nobody on the ground was hurt, although the front of a large truck was brushed by the plane just before it hit the median.
"It was quite remarkable, considering the amount of traffic on 285 at that time of day, it was not more tragic than it already is," DeKalb County Chief of Police Dr. Cedric Alexander said of the crash.
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