Small plane crash kills four in Atlanta

Plane crashes on Atlanta highway shortly after taking off, killing four people

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A small passenger plane crashed on an Atlanta-area highway, killing four people on Friday

No driver on the highway was injured but the accident caused traffic problems as it shut down a stretch of Interstate highway.

"It was a sheer miracle that no one was hurt and that we had no other victims," DeKalb County Fire Rescue Captain Eric Jackson said.

The small plane crashed on Friday morning after departing from the DeKalb–Peachtree Airport, just northeast of Atlanta.

The reason of the crash that took place just about 2 km from the airport was not immediately known.

A local newspaper reported that the plane was headed to Oxford, Mississippi with its four occupants and a pet.  

Identities of the victims were not disclosed but a student from University of Mississippi said his father, his two brothers and the fiancée of one of his brothers were in plane on their way to see him graduate.

"I heard an impact hit the front of my truck," a driver on the highway at the time of the attack said.

"If I would have stayed on the gas, I would have met it head on."

Georgia Department of Transportation announced on Friday afternoon that all lanes of I-285 highway in both directions were reopened.

TRTWorld and agencies