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Pilot walks away unharmed after small plane crash in Georgia

November 4, 2021 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Cessna single-engine, fixed-wing plane crashed Thursday in Georgia’s DeKalb County but no one was injured, authorities said.

The pilot was the only person on the plane and he walked way unharmed after crash landing about 10 a.m. a few blocks from Emory Decatur Hospital, officials said.

“The hospital still has full access and it’s not impeding the entrance at all,” fire Capt. Jaeson Daniels told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A witness at the scene told WSB-TV the plane clipped a power line along the road before crashing and landing upside down on its roof. Another witness said the plane barely missed hitting Coventry Place Retirement Community’s building.

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“The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 declared an emergency after departing DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, Georgia, and landed on North Decatur Road southeast of the airport at 9:53 a.m. local time today. Only the pilot was on board. The FAA will investigate,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Authorities shut down North Decatur Road between Winn Way and DeKalb Industrial Way while an investigation was underway. Georgia Power showed about 2,500 people without power in the area.

Daniels said local authorities are awaiting investigators with the FAA to determine the cause of the crash.