ATLANTA – A small plane crashed into an Atlanta-area townhouse Wednesday morning, killing at least one person, authorities said.
A second person who was on the plane was unaccounted for, DeKalb County Fire Capt. Dion Bentley told reporters.
The Piper PA-28 plane crashed shortly after taking off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport outside Atlanta around 10:30 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a tweet.
Bentley said the plane crashed into a five-unit townhouse and crews were having trouble accessing the wreckage. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries on the ground, he said.
A photo published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed a building with a large section of its wall and part of the roof knocked out.
The area was under foggy conditions Wednesday morning.
A resident, West Hutchinson, said he heard a plane struggling to gain altitude before it crashed into the townhouse. Hutchinson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was sitting on a back porch near the site of the crash. He said he heard a loud crack, and it was obvious the plane had crashed because there was complete silence afterward.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5