May 18, 2022

4 Killed in Atlanta Airport Plane Crash

A small plane crashed at an Atlanta area airport on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring others. The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

The aircraft, a Piper PA-32R-301T was departing from DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Chamblee when it crashed onto Interstate 285 near the intersection with SR 10 Buford Highway about 12:05 p.m., according to officials who spoke to NBC News 4 reporter Richard Elliot live on air. One person, the pilot survived and is now in critical condition.

Eric Jackson, the four victims aboard the aircraft were killed on the impact upon crashing onto I-285 the Downtown Connector. The precise number of people on board has not yet been confirmed.

Details on the flight and those aboard were not immediately available. According to FlightAware, the plane was a six-seat aircraft registered to ExpressJet Airlines Inc., an affiliate of Atlantic Southeast Airlines. The jet took off from Runway 9 at DeKalb Peachtree Airport and was headed for McComb, Mississippi. Air traffic controllers reported the aircraft disappeared from radar after reporting engine trouble.

Witnesses confirm that they saw flames on the interstate. Metro firefighters recovered four bodies from the wreckage, according to AJC.com.

On Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m., sources said a Cessna Citation crashed in an open field near Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Details on the crash are limited at this time.

Fulton County fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said in a news release. There were three people killed, but he didn’t say if they were pilots or passengers aboard the plane. He also did not identify them by name, age, or gender. A fourth person on the ground was injured, Stafford said.

Right now we don’t know the cause of this crash, and we will release more information as it becomes available, said Stafford.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating both crashes.

A small plane crashed at an Atlanta area airport on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring others. The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

The aircraft, a Piper PA-32R-301T was departing from DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Chamblee when it crashed onto Interstate 285 near the intersection with SR 10 Buford Highway about 12:05 p.m., according to officials who spoke to NBC News 4 reporter Richard Elliot live on air. One person, the pilot survived and is now in critical condition.

Eric Jackson, the four victims aboard the aircraft were killed on the impact upon crashing onto I-285 the Downtown Connector. The precise number of people on board has not yet been confirmed.

Details on the flight and those aboard were not immediately available. According to FlightAware, the plane was a six-seat aircraft registered to ExpressJet Airlines Inc. an affiliate of Atlantic Southeast Airlines. The jet took off from Runway 9 at DeKalb Peachtree Airport and was headed for McComb, Mississippi.