A DeKalb Airport crash has killed four victims. A small single-engine plane crashed at Georgia’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, (PDK) a suburban airfield northeast of Atlanta, killing all on board Friday afternoon.

The Board of Trustees for the J.D. Rosen Family Foundation issued a statement, confirming that Jonathan D. Rosen was on the plane.

Jonathan D. Rosen identified as one of the victims of the horrifying DeKalb Airport Crash. Photo credit: Twitter

Jonathan D. Rosen, 47, was the pilot. A family member, who was 14, and her friends were also on the plane, according to Fox 5.

Rosen helped clients with wealth planning. He was CEO of Entaire Global Companies, Inc. a company that specializes in “leveraged strategies for retirement planning and wealth creation.” He also founded the Jonathan Rosen Family Foundation.

A photographer, Keith Berry, said, “The plane just came and landed and it bounced a bit and when it bounced, that’s when it tipped on its side.” 

The Cessna 210 single-engine crashed at 1:11 Friday afternoon and caught fire.

There is no word yet regarding the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation, according to the FAA. 

An NTSB spokesperson described that prospect this way: “Once on scene, the investigator will begin the process of documenting the scene and examining the aircraft. Part of the investigation will be to request radar data, weather information, air traffic control communication, airplane maintenance records and the pilot’s medical records. NTSB investigators will look at the human, machine and environment as the outline of the investigation.”

There is usually a preliminary report available to the public 15 days after a crash

The Airport and the Craft

It appears the DeKalb airport crash came about because this plane had just taken off, and then stalled out. 

DeKalb-Peachtree is the second busiest airport in the state, behind another Atlanta facility, Hartsfield-Jackson. More than 200,000 aircraft take off and land at  PDK every year. It hosts four aviation service companies, seven flight schools, and two helicopter operations.

The airport occupies what was the original (World War I era) site of Fort Gordon. It later became Naval Air Station Atlanta, and operated as such from 1942 to 1959. Since then it has been the property of the DeKalb County government. 

Capt. Jaeson Daniels of DeKalb County Fire Rescue confirm that all four people aboard the plane were dead.

Berry, a photographer and entrepreneur who owns Images by Keith, said he was at the airport on a lunch break when the crash occurred. He said he didn’t get any shots of the plane as it came down because he was in disbelief about what he was seeing.

The Cessna 210 as a craft has a safety record in line with the rest of the general aviation fleet. Fatal accidents are a little higher than the average, specifically 105% of average.

It is very popular, and sometimes called the “King of the Singles,” because it is adaptable, with solid performance at a relatively inexpensive price.

Pilot Opinions

Some pilots think the yoke of this craft has a heavy feel. One admirer wrote, though, that the heavy yoke can be taken as “a feature, not a bug.” The plane’s course “stays right where you put it, making it excellent for instrument flying.”

The landing gear of the Cessna 210 is sometimes considered a weak feature when it is compared to others. Compared to a Cirrus SR22, for example, the gear is complicated, with gear, prop, and cowl flap controls to manipulate.

Of course if the crash came about, as a witness stated, because of a stall in flight then the landing gear can not be blamed.

There have been other instances of stalls crashed with the Cessna 210. There was an accident report prepared by the NTSB after an incident in 2015 in which the Cessna stalled on takeoff from an airport in Oklahoma. In that instance, the investigation determined that the probable cause was pilot failure, in particular a failure “to maintain adequate airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and collision with terrain.”

Investigators had begun work at the site as of Saturday morning.