Plane Crashes into Townhouse; Two Passengers Tragically Killed in DeKalb County, Georgia
DEKALB, GA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, a plane crashed into a townhouse in DeKalb County, Georgia, tragically killing two passengers.*
The single-engine Piper-28 crashed minutes after taking off, causing it to slam into the top floor of a townhouse located in DeKalb County, Georgia. The accident killed two passengers on the airplane. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.
A local resident stated that “[a]ll of a sudden, I heard a really loud crack. It was obvious that the plane had crashed, because it was really loud and all of a sudden went immediately silent.”
Another resident noted that he heard a crash and quickly went outside to see what happened. He then got into his car and looked around the area where he found a plane that had crashed into a townhouse. The plane slammed into the Clairmont Hills Townhomes in the area of Interstate 85 and Clairmont Road.
“And then I turned and I looked and the building next to me is completely destroyed. It was obvious a plane had crashed into the unit next to mine. I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, I need to call the police.’”
Investigators were able to quickly ascertain that one person died in the accident. Several hours later, fire officials determined that another person on the plane also died. The names of the deceased individuals have not been made publicly available. The DeKalb County coroner is assisting in the investigation.
Fortunately, no one was in the townhouse at the time of the crash. No additional injuries were reported, per the DeKalb County fire department. There were six townhomes that were deemed unsafe as a result of fuel vapors and structural damage.
The aircraft crashed shortly after it departed from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in the late morning hours, per the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was headed to Salisbury, North Carolina.
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