Dekalb County - New air traffic control audio sheds light on a plane crash in DeKalb County that killed four people. FAA officials have released the audio of the pilot talking to the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport control tower just moments before the plane crashed on I-285.
“Having some trouble climbing here," pilot Greg Byrd remained calm as he radioed the airport tower when his plane was starting to have trouble. The final words you hear Byrd say to air traffic control are "we are going down in the intersection." The radio then goes eerily quiet.
The small plane crashed in May killing all four people on board. The pilot, Greg Byrd, his sons Christopher and Phillip, and Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer, died. Kulzer was a graduate of St. Pius X High School.
Amazingly, no one on the ground was hurt despite the plane going down on a busy I-285 at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard just after morning rush hour.
The NTSB says the cause of the crash is still under investigation. It may take a year or longer before we know exactly what happened.