COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Officials confirm that a pilot is dead after a plane crashed into a Marietta home Friday evening.

The incident happened around 7:20 p.m. on Friday. Fire crews responded to 181 Vistawood Lane. Video from the scene showed dark smoke rising from above the site of the crash.


The Federal Aviation Administration reports that the crash involved an aircraft en-route to Fulton County Airport. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said that the aircraft went down east of Cobb County International Airport/McCollum Field.

The aircraft was a Cessna Citation I, she said. The FAA is heading to the scene to investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will also be working to determine the cause of the accident.

Jessica Jordan and Jesse Mhoon were driving from Canton near the Town Center Mall when she spotted the plane from the corner of her eye.

"It was leaning on its side and disappeared behind trees," she told 11Alive's Mike Navin. "Three seconds later I heard it crash and then smoke just came out of nowhere."

Mhoon said the plane was falling sideways with its left wing pointed downward. He said it looked like it didn't have any control.

It's not yet clear why the aircraft went down, but right now, the pilot is the only fatality. Cobb County fire officials said no one was inside the home when the plane crashed into it. Witnesses told 11Alive that the family had been at church when the plane crashed into their house.

Mike Navin contributed to this report.