The CEO of an Atlanta-based financial company was killed along with a 14-year-old family member, and two family friends on Friday afternoon after their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Georgia’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Fox News reports.
CEO Jonathan Rosen, 47, of Entaire Global Companies, served as the plane’s pilot for the flight. The plane caught fire after the crash, and tragically, no one survived the accident.
“Happened pretty fast”
More than a dozen firefighters responded to the crash, and a witness to the incident said it “happened pretty fast.”
“It crashed…and I don’t know if it was just a hard landing, but it flipped and then it caught on fire,” photographer Keith Berry told Fox 5 Atlanta.
“The plane just came and landed and it bounced a bit and when it bounced, that’s when it tipped on its side,” he added.
Other witnesses at a nearby restaurant said it was shocking to see the plane catch on fire. One witness said they didn’t hear any explosion or crash before they saw the plane on fire.
“A beautiful, sunny Friday”
Steven Lemasters said he thought it might be a drill at first, but soon realized it was not.
“At the end of the day, some family is going to get a call that they did not expect on a beautiful, sunny Friday, he was probably out there, I don’t know, he could have been like just practicing flying,” Lemasters said. “I mean, it’s not a call you expect.”
“What was so tragic was that we watched it for a couple of minutes and obviously, incredibly big fire going on with all that jet fuel that was involved, and didn’t see anyone walk away from the plane,” he continued. “I think that’s what sort of broke everyone.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash of the single-engine Cessna 210, and FAA investigators were on-site Saturday to inspect the crash site.
In addition to running the financial company, Rosen also led the Jonathan Rosen Family Foundation, a charity that supports financial literacy programs for students.
The cause of the crash remains unknown, and the investigation could last for weeks or months.