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Plane crashes in DeKalb County

It happened near North Decatur Road and DeKalb Industrial Boulevard.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. โ€” Authorities responded to a plane crash Thursday in DeKalb County.

A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 declared an emergency after departing DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee and landed on North Decatur Road southeast of the airport at 9:53 a.m.

The FAA said only the pilot was on board. A DeKalb County Fire official said it was non-fatal. 

 Drivers were told to avoid the area while crews were on the scene.

Georgia Power said power lines were damaged. They added there were initially about 2,500 people without power in the area. In a noon update, they said 200 customers were still in the dark.  

The scene was near DeKalb Industrial Boulevard in front of a retirement home.
DeKalb County officials said they would be providing assistance -- meals, oxygen, fuel for the generator -- to Coventry Place seniors who were impacted by this crash.

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