A small tourist plane crashed in the suburbs of Atlanta. Four people died in the crash – reports the Associated Press agency, citing the US Federal Aviation Administration. An investigation into the causes of the accident has been launched.
The crash of the Cessna 210 aircraft took place on Friday after 1 p.m. local time (7 p.m. in Poland) at the DeKalb-Peachtree airport in the city of Chamblee, Georgia. The machine crashed near the runway a few seconds after take-off, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The wreckage of the plane burst into flames. At least 15 firefighters stationed at the airport ran onto the runway and extinguished the fire relatively quickly, said fire department spokesman Captain Jaeson Daniels.
Four bodies were found at the crash site. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, they were the only people on board the six-seater. The authorities have not yet disclosed the identity of the accident victims. The cause of the catastrophe was also not stated.
The investigation will be conducted by the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB).
The airport where the disaster took place covers over 280 hectares and is located approximately 16 km from downtown Atlanta. With an annual average of around 209,000 take-offs and landings over the past three decades, it is the second-busiest Georgia airport, behind Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.
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