Georgia police dashcam video shows aftermath of deadly plane crash

(CNN) — New police dashcam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month.

Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, died in the crash on May 8, along with Christopher’s fiancee, Jackie Kulzer. The four were headed to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to see Greg Byrd’s younger son, Robert, graduate.

In the video released by the Chamblee Police Department, the small plane appears out of the right side windshield — flying low and at an angle along the highway.

It appears to bank right then disappears behind a tree line. A black cloud of an apparent explosion rises up. At first the tape is silent, but then sound pops in. The police car, siren blaring and engine roaring, zooms through intersections to reach the crash site.

The single-engine Piper PA-32 had just left DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Shortly after 10 a.m., the plane collided with an Interstate highway barrier during a forced-landing attempt, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released this week.

According to the NTSB, the pilot — in cross talk with the airport control tower — said, “I’m having some problem climbing here.” Then he said, “We’re going down here at the intersection.” That was the last transmission made by the pilot.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The NTSB’s final report should be released in a few months.

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