At least two people were killed after a plane crashed into an apartment complex in Atlanta shortly after take-off on Wednesday, according to reports.
The plane, a Piper PA-28, crashlanded at around 10:30 am after it took off from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, just northeast of Atlanta in Georgia state, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen was quoted by CNN as saying.
It is still unclear whether there were any casualties in the incident.
The road is just 5 miles away from the airport and about 10 miles northeast of the city’s downtown.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
The DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is Georgia’s second busiest and averages 230,000 takeoffs and landings annually, according to its website.
It is considered a reliever airport, meaning that the facility is equipped to handle smaller aircraft and reduce congestion at a major airport, the site says.
Jared Hauck said he was working from his home about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the crash site because he had adopted a dog the day before.
“I heard a really loud crash and some rustling,” he said.
“It didn’t sound like anything normal”, he added.
(With agency inputs)