No injuries after small plane crashes onto busy DeKalb County road

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County fire confirms that no one was injured when a small plane crashed along North Decatur Road this morning.

The fire spokesperson said the pilot walked away uninjured after his single engine aircraft went down around 10 a.m. The location is along DeKalb Industrial Way, in front of Coventry Place retirement community.

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Pictures from the scene showed the small plane upside down in the road.

A witness at the scene told Channel 2 Action News the plane clipped a power line along the road before crashing. Another witness said plane barely missed hitting the retirement home building.

Caleb Rogers, who was setting up a table on the corner to sell Braves merchandise, said he heard a transformer blow.

“The explosion really kinda scared me at first. Thought it was lightning but once saw it was a plane, like oh Lord,” Rogers said.

Deshawn Moore saw the pilot walk away from the plane.

“First thing I told him, did get to speak to him, told him that God was on his side this morning,” Moore said.

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Fire spokesperson said the plane took off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport and then later crashed.

The FAA released a statement to Channel 2 Action News:

“The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 declared an emergency after departing DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, Ga., and landed on North Decatur Road southeast of the airport at 9:53 a.m. local time today. Only the pilot was on board. The FAA will investigate.”

Georgia Power shows about 200 people without power in the area, as of Thursday evening.

The road remains is shut down from DeKalb Industrial Way to Wynn Way.

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