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Channel 2 Action News has learned a plane has crashed in NW Atlanta.
The plane went down just after 7 p.m. in the area of the 2200 block of Thomas Road NW.
Thomas Road NW is in the area of Bolton Road, South Cobb Drive and Interstate 285 and the Georgia Power Plant.
The FAA says the Raytheon 390 Premier I multi-engine plane had just taken off from Fulton County Airport and was on its way to New Orleans.
Firefighters confirmed to Channel 2 Action News 2 people were killed in the incident.
“Before it even hit, the house shook,” said Drew Hawkins. “Then I heard the explosion and it shook the house even more.”
Hawkins said he and other neighbors stared in shock as the plane became a huge fireball in the woods, narrowly missing houses.
Neighbors said Tuesday night that the sound of airplanes is constant due to the neighborhood’s proximity to the airport. But this time, something sounded different, almost like a missile, Kevin Crapp said.
“It looked like it was coming straight for our house, and at the last minute, dipped its wings over and it banked really hard right,” Crapp said. “It landed a couple hundred yards away from our house, and I thought it hit a neighbor’s house.”
N50PM departed KFTY runway 26 at 19:22, crew contacted Tower stating they had a 'problem' and were returning to the airport, atc asked and crew declined emergency equipment. Aircraft was turning right on final about 2 miles east north east of the airport on approach to 26 when it crashed.
Fulton County Airport
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief ... 014&akey=1
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On December 17, 2013, about 1924 eastern standard time (EST), a Raytheon Aircraft Company 390 Premier 1, N50PM, was destroyed when it impacted trees, terrain, and was consumed by a postcrash fire, while returning to land on runway 26 at Fulton County Airport – Brown Field (FTY), Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane had departed a few minutes prior. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the flight to New Orleans Lake Front Airport (NEW), New Orleans, Louisiana. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to voice recordings obtained from the air traffic control tower (ATCT), the accident flight was given a departure heading of 290 degrees and was cleared for takeoff. Immediately after takeoff the pilot requested to return to the airport; however, he did not request any assistance after being queried by an ATCT controller. The pilot was given instructions to enter the right downwind for runway 26 and was told to follow landing traffic; no further transmissions were recorded from the flight.
According to an eyewitness that lived next to the accident location, the airplane struck a tree and veered to the right and subsequently impacted the ground.
According to written statements provided by line personnel at the fixed base operator (FBO) where the airplane had been fueled, they had towed, or repositioned, the airplane to their ramp from a nearby service center and parked it on their ramp area about 1720. The accident pilot contacted the FBO about 1740 and requested 125 gallons of Jet-A fuel with prist, to be loaded into each wing. The pilot and passenger arrived at the airplane about 1900, loaded their baggage inside the airplane cabin, and departed the ramp area about 15 minutes later.
The wreckage debris field was about 260 feet in length, on a course of 095 degrees, and was located about 3 miles to the northeast of the intended landing runway. The airplane impacted a tree about 80 feet above ground level and the left wingtip and navigation light were located at the base of the initial tree impact location. Another tree strike was located about 100 feet from the initial impact location and the right wing navigation light was located in the immediate vicinity. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the ground in a nose down inverted attitude and then came to rest approximately 50 feet away on a heading of 289 degrees. Ground scaring and burn patterns are consistent with a postcrash explosion and fire.
The cockpit voice recorder, enhanced ground proximity warning system, and two primary flight displays, were sent to the NTSB Recorders Laboratory for download.