Small Plane Crashes At Georgia Airport, Two Injured

On Thursday, a small plane crashed down at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, injuring one adult and one child. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane crashed around 2:40 p.m. after departing the airport. DeKalb County officials say a flight instructor and a student were aboard the plane and injured in the crash. They were taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.

“It looked like he was trying to come back around to find a soft landing and he lost control of the plane,” a witness of the crash said, according to Fox 5 Atlanta

“In this event having that occur so close to the ground is lucky to walk away from,” said Hampton McDonald, a certified flight instructor who was not associated with the crash, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. “What we call the turn that would be made here is referred to in aviation as the impossible turn meaning that pilots who have lost an engine very shortly after lift off and then attempted to return to the runway have a very low success rate of doing that maneuver effectively and walking away from the maneuver.”

“Unfortunately with insufficient altitude the lift that we use to keep the airplane in the air physically has to be used to turn the aircraft as well so that would result in a loss of vertical lift…which is why you see the increased sink rate as we refer to or the rate at which the aircraft is approaching the ground occur,” McDonald said. “Do we land straight ahead where it may impact buildings or impact terrain or do we take the risk of potentially turning back to the runway while meanwhile occurring a high rate of descent that could also result in damage?”

D & B Staff

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