Beech Premier I Crash Kills Two

Premier jet crashes near Atlanta-area airport.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are combing through debris trying to find the cause of a fiery business jet crash on Tuesday night in Atlanta in which two people were killed. The Beech Premier I departed from Fulton County Airport at the western edge of the city around 7:22 p.m. and was on its way to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, according to data from FlightAware.com.

The airplane crashed in a wooded area near residential homes, but nobody on the ground was hurt. While no one can tell with certainty what a pilot is doing by watching from the outside, a witness reported to a local CBS station that the pilot made a last minute evasive maneuver to avoid a home.

A report from the Aviation Safety Network notes that the pilot had reported "a problem" to air traffic control and was attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred.

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