The crash caused some damage to a nearby home, but no other injuries were reported, Stafford added.
The plane was bound for the Millington-Memphis Airport, airport executive director Roy Remington told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. FAA records show the plane is owned by Chen Aircrafts, a “repeat customer” of the Memphis airport, Remington said.
“We’re sincerely impacted by this,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the family members.”
The crash happened in a busy area surrounded by an industrial park and residential areas and is close to I-285. Motorist Reggie Dumas had a harrowing view of the plane’s final moments in the air. Then it seemed to “shoot out of the sky” before crashing to the ground, he told Channel 2 Action News.
“As it was going down, you could see the wings shift back and forth,” he said. “We saw it going straight down.”