NTSB: Pilot wanted to go back to Fulton Co. airport before crash - CBS46 News

NTSB: Pilot requested to go back to Fulton Co. airport before crash

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The NTSB released a preliminary report in last Tuesday's small plane crash in Northwest Atlanta.

Peter Mallen, 67, was piloting the plane. He was the CEO of Mallen Industries in Norcross. Brittany McAuley, 23, a former Emory student was a passenger. Both were killed.

The plane took off from Fulton County Airport - Brown Field at about 7:30 p.m. The report said after takeoff the pilot contacted the air traffic controller to return to the airport. But, he did not ask for any help after being questioned by the controller.

The plane crashed off Thomas Road in Northwest Atlanta three miles from the airport.

A witness told investigators the plane hit a tree and then went to the ground.

More than a dozen calls came into 911 about the crash. Some callers reporting a plane crash, others called about hearing explosions and a few callers thought a house was on fire.

The pilot missed any homes and no one on the ground was hurt.

The cockpit voice recorder and other electronic gauges were sent to the NTSB laboratory to be analyzed.

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