Family dies in plane crash : Georgia Interstate Plane Crash Kills North Carolina Deputy And Family Members

Family dies in plane crash : Georgia Interstate Plane Crash Kills North Carolina Deputy And Family Members

Family killed in plane crash was headed to Mississippi for sibling’s graduation.

Greg Byrd, his sons Phillip and Christopher, and Christopher’s fiancée, Jackie Kulzer, were all killed when the Piper PA-32 narrowly missed vehicles on Interstate 285 and burst into flames.

They had taken off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport and were flying to the University of Mississippi to see another of Mr Byrd’s sons graduate.

Moments after taking off, the pilot radioed the airport’s tower and said the six-seater plane was in trouble.

His final words were: “Going down!”

Drivers on Interstate 285 saw the struggling plane 25ft above them before it smashed into the tarmac.

Truck driver Gerald Smith said the plane scraped his vehicle as it flew past.

“It’s like it was coming directly in my windshield,” he told CBS News. “So I hit the brakes and by that time the plane came directly across my hood.”

He added: “Made my way out the truck to see if I could help. By the time I got over there it was blazed up so bad, there wasn’t nothing anybody could do.”

Captain Eric Jackson, of the DeKalb County Fire Department, said: “It’s a miracle, literally a miracle, that no other cars were hit.”

Witness Don McGee told WSB-TV: “The impact was large, like a bomb being dropped.”

Air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused the crash.