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1 killed after plane crashes into Atlanta townhouse

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 3:56 PM
Fire officials look at the scene where an airplane crashed into an apartment complex, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — A small plane crashed into a townhouse Wednesday morning in a leafy Atlanta-area neighbourhood near a major interstate, killing at least one person and tearing off the home’s brick exterior, authorities said.

The crash scattered wreckage and shook up nearby residents.

A second person who was on the plane was unaccounted for, but no one was home at the time and there were no injuries on the ground, DeKalb County Fire Captain Dion Bentley told reporters.

“I’m feeling very lucky,” said David Youngpeter, who lives near the townhouse.

“It was too close for comfort.”

The Piper PA-28 plane crashed shortly after taking off from DeKalb-Peach tree Airport outside Atlanta about 10:30 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Conditions were foggy in the area.

Jared Hauck said he was working from his home about 1,000 feet of the crash site because he had adopted a dog the day before.

“I heard a really loud crash and some rustling,” he said.

“It didn’t sound like anything normal.”

Hauck said he found a piece of wreckage outside his front door.

The end of one runway at the airport is about 1.2 miles from where the crash occurred, and Youngpeter said he regularly hears planes overhead.

West Hutchinson, another resident, said he heard the plane struggling to gain altitude before it crashed.

Bentley said the plane crashed into a multi-unit townhouse and crews were having trouble accessing the wreckage.

A large section of wall and part of the roof was knocked out of a building at the townhouse complex.

DeKalb County Fire Marshal Joe Cox declared six units unsafe because of structural damage and fuel vapour, according to county officials.

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