Almost 50 years ago, a plane crash involving a twin-engine private plane killed six people and injured 30 others on May 30, 1970. The aircraft, Lehigh Acres Development Inc. Flight 701, ascended onto a bridge over I-285. The plane hit a car on the interstate, bounced and skid into the ramp of the Moreland Avenue Bridge.
I-285 crash that claimed the lives of four family members
A more recent and likely wider known plane crash on I-285 occurred in May 2015. A small plane, carrying four people headed to a graduation at the University of Mississippi Oxford, crashed into I-285. All passengers died in the crash, which was later determined to be caused by a contaminated fuel pipe. The crash claimed the lives of pilot Greg Byrd, his sons Christopher and Phillip, and Christopher's fiancée, Jackie Kulzer, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.
Savannah crash that killed three people in 2017
Though the crash happened near Savannah in August 2017, the chartered plane that careened into a "heavily wooded" area in Bryan County took the lives of a prominent metro Atlanta real estate developer and his wife, an HGTV interior designer. The crash killed Byron and Catherine Cocke as well as pilot Randy Hunter of Tyrone. The plane was headed to Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field from Savannah International Airport.
<p>Authorities said the plane had just taken off from Fulton County Airport, also known as Charlie Brown Field, when it went down.</p> <p>Plane crash on Bolton Road</p>
Aircraft crashes into northwest Atlanta park
A small plane headed to Memphis crashed into a northwest Atlanta park, killing everyone on board in late December 2018. The aircraft, described by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Cessna 560, dove into an area near I-285 at Bolton Road and about 2 miles from the Fulton County Airport, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told reporters. Four people died in the crash. One of the victims, Wei Chen, identified by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, was an avid flyer who became the first Chinese citizen to fly a single-engine airplane around the world.