Plane went upside down before crashing, killing 4 at PDK, preliminary report says

ATLANTA — The National Transportation Safety Board is releasing more information into a deadly plane crash at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport earlier in October.

Four people were killed when the Cessna P210N went down at around 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 8.

The NTSB released its preliminary report on Thursday which said the plane lifted off, but then went upside down before crashing.

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“The airplane then rolled left and reached an inverted attitude before it impacted nose first beside the runway,” the report said.

The plane had been recently modified via an engine swap and extra fuel onboard contributed to the intense fire after the crash.

The NTSB is looking at the frame and the engine to learn what caused the plane to flip.

Jonathan Rosen, 47, was flying his daughter, Allison Rosen, another child, Julia Smith, 13, and a family friend, Lauren Harrington, 42, from Atlanta to Houston. None survived.

Rosen was the CEO of Entaire Global Companies and also the chairman of the Jonathan Rosen Foundation which taught financial literacy to children. He was described by family and people that knew him as a “larger than life personality” and someone who impacted and inspired many young lives.


According to his family, Rosen was an accomplished pilot who helped build the modified jet powered propeller on the plane.

Several people at the airport witnesses the horrific crash.

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“It was taking off, went straight up, and it took a hard right and hit the ground. The next thing we know we just saw a fireball. The whole plane went up in fire,” a witness told Channel 2 Action News.