DEKALB District, Ga. – Four people on a plane that crashed and caught fire at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on Friday afternoon were killed, the DeKalb Fire Rescue said.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed at PDK airport around 1:11 in the evening.
The plane caught fire after the crash, and large flames and smoke were seen at the scene of the crash.
Remains of Cessna 210 after it crashed at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on October 8, 2021. (FOX 5)
“It happened so fast,” said photographer Keith Berry who saw it happen. “And the fire, which kindled and burned up the second time, burned with fire.”
Berry, who specializes in photography, often comes to PDK to photograph aircraft. The Photo Owner and Keith were at the airport capturing some photos through the airplane fence during the afternoon break when he saw the plane land.
“As you can see, it hit, landed, and I don’t know if it was just a hard landing but it overturned and caught fire,” Berry said.
The plane crashed at PDK airport in October, 2021. (Chris Lucas)
Berry said he doesn’t want to guess what might be going on, but he just knows he saw it.
“The plane just landed and landed a bit and when it flew, it slipped to the side,” he said.
Berry said he didn’t even shoot when he came because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
Respondents arrive at the landing site at PDK airport. (Chris Lucas)
Steven Lemasters and his family were inside the Downwind Restaurant and Lounge which overlooks the airport when he looked outside to see the burning plane.
“It was just fun to see the surprise increase and the panic was the answer to the people who were in their hands… just amazed,” Lemasters said.
“My real father was the one who saw the movement in the corner of his eye, he saw, what he saw was a plane taking off from the airport,” Lemasters said. “It wasn’t sure if it was getting up or landing, but as soon as I looked, by the time it (fly) happens to glow, but it was already in the fire.”
Lemasters picked up those languages on his phone.
“One of the worst parts of it was we didn’t hear anything and you know, all the engines running around the airport, we thought we could have heard an explosion or something, but it was quiet,” said Lemasters. .
They said at first they thought it was a drill, but the plan was quickly thrown aside.
“At the end of the day, a family is going to get an unexpected phone call on a nice, wet Friday, he might have been out there, I don’t know, he might have been just pretending to be flying. I mean, it’s not the phone you’re looking for,” Lemasters said.
Lemasters said he and his family are often Dowwind employees and said they had never seen anything like it.
“The sad thing was that we watched for several minutes and obviously, a very large fire going on with the jet fuel was there, and we didn’t see anyone walking off the plane,” Lemasters said. “I think that’s the kind that has broken everyone.”
A hot plane crash caused a 2-alarm response from DeKalb Fire Rescue at PDK on October 8, 2021. (FOX 5)
PDK airport was closed following the accident, FOX 5 confirmed.
The identity of those killed in the crash has not been released.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation.
Firefighters inspect the wreckage of a burnt plane at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on October 8, 2021. (FOX 5)
This is not the first fatal crash on the PDF. Season air show war veteran Greg Connell was killed during an air show at the airport back in May 2016.
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