Small airplane crashes into Georgia home while family is at church

Dramatic video shows flaming wreckage
Posted at 12:42 AM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-26 00:42:25-04

(CNN) -- A private plane crashed into a house in an Atlanta suburb Friday night. The homeowners survived as they were at church.

"By the Grace of God, that's exactly how they put it," said their pastor.

The Cessna Citation I aircraft went down about three miles northeast of Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field, north of Atlanta, around 7:20 p.m. ET, the FAA said. The plane took off from Cincinnati and was scheduled to land at Fulton County Airport, about 20 south of McCollum Field.



Photos posted by CNN affiliate WSB-TV showed a house in a suburban neighborhood burning.

The pilot, the only person on the plane, died in the crash. The Cessna Citation I is a small jet, according to the Cessna website.

Neighborhood resident John Perry said he noticed his neighbors "were looking up in the sky and I see a plane going straight down, it was going down in a corkscrew fashion, it was really slow, I couldn't hear an engine," according to CNN affiliate WAGA.

FAA spokesman Rick.Breitenfeldt said the FAA will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.