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Audio released from plane moments before I-285 crash
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ATLANTA – Newly-released audio recordings reveal the final moments before a plane crashed onto Interstate 285, killing four people.

On May 8, a light plane piloted by Greg Byrd slammed into the median wall of I-285 minutes after taking off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Byrd, his sons Phillip and Christopher, and Christopher’s fiancée Jackie Kulzer were all killed in the crash.

In the recording of the communication between the tower and Greg Byrd, the pilot is heard saying, “I’m having some trouble climbing.”

About 40 seconds later, Byrd is heard saying, “We’re going to be down here in the (inaudible).”

After the tower asks him to repeat, Byrd replies, “We’re going to be down here in the intersection.”

About 40 seconds after that, communication is heard in the tower discussing smoke off the runway. It appears there is discussion about a plane that went down.

Moments later, a woman is heard verifying the crash.

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