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911 calls describe I-285 plane crash


DORAVILLE, Ga. -- 911 calls made by witnesses to the deadly plane crash on Interstate 285 capture the shock and emotion in moments after.

The Doraville Police Department released audio recordings Sunday. In them you hear two women who called 911 in the minutes after that tragic plane crash.

The first caller is hysterical with emotion. She's screaming and inaudible as sirens are blaring in the background.

The Doraville emergency dispatcher remains calm as she tries to gather crucial information.

"OK ma'am, you're screaming, I can't understand you," said the dispatcher.

You can almost hear the adrenaline pumping through the second caller. Thankfully, she's able to carefully describe the terrifying scene.

"There's been a crash, like an airplane just crashed into the barricade wall," said the second caller. "I'm on 285 and it's behind me now. It just flew right over my head."

Emergency responders arrived in minutes. But by then it was too late.

The crash killed the pilot, Grady Byrd, his two sons Phillip and Christopher, and Chris' fiancée Jackie Kulzer.


The Byrd family was traveling to Oxford, Mississippi to attend the third son, Robert Byrd's, graduation from Ole Miss.

A memorial service is planned for the father and two sons on Monday in Asheville, N.C.