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Four Killed After Small Plane Crashes on Atlanta Highway

A Piper PA-32 crashed on an Atlanta interstate on Friday about a mile away from DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
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A small plane crashed on an Atlanta interstate on Friday, killing all four people onboard, officials said.

The plane, a Piper PA-32, took off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport and crashed about a mile away, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta.

Greg Byrd, a 53-year-old businessman who was flying the plane, his two sons, Phillip and Christopher, and Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer, were killed, the station reported.

The crash shut down both directions of Interstate 285, resulting in massive traffic jams. Driver Don McGhee told The Associated Press he saw the plane hit a traffic light pole on its way down.

"It looked like it was struggling. You could see him trying to get the nose of the plane up. It was edging up, and then it just dropped," McGhee said. "It was just a huge fire, just smoke and fire."

The flames made it impossible to help the victims, witnesses told the AP. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is underway.

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