3 Dead After Jet Crashes in Atlanta Park

Business jet crashed into football field
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 20, 2018 3:57 PM CST
3 Dead After Jet Crashes Into Football Field
A person investigates the scene of a small plane crash in a city park which killed all on board, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in northwest Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Amis)

Three people aboard a Tennessee-bound business jet were killed when the aircraft plunged into a football field at an Atlanta park, igniting its fuel and sending thick smoke over a nearby neighborhood Thursday, the AP reports. A home behind the sports field was damaged, but no injuries on the ground were reported, Atlanta Fire Rescue Sgt. Cortez Stafford said. The plane's wreckage was spread out on the field over about a 100-yard area, he said. The aircraft was "shooting out of the sky," witness Reggie Dumas told reporters at the scene. "As it was going down, you could see the wings shifting back and forth," said Dumas, who saw the aircraft plunge as he drove along a nearby road. He said he jumped out of his car to see if he could help anyone, but saw no survivors—only smoke.

The plane was a Cessna Citation V jet, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the AP. It was headed to the Millington-Memphis Airport when it went down, airport Executive Director Roy Remington said. He said a fire official at the Millington airport was working with authorities in Atlanta to determine the identities of those killed in the crash. Remington says the victims were believed to be from the Memphis area. The jet had departed from a runway at nearby Fulton County Airport-Brown Field and went down about 1.5 miles east of the airport shortly after noon, Bergen said. The airport itself is about 10 miles west of downtown Atlanta. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash. (Two died when a World War II plane crashed into a parking lot.)

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