Jonathan D. Rosen was reportedly one of the four victims who died in the plane crash near Atlanta. The millionaire made his wealth off financial planning and was named one of Atlanta’s Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2009
A wealth planning entrepreneur is reportedly among four people who died when a small plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff at an Atlanta-area airport.
The single-engine Cessna P210N crashed about 1:10pm Friday at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, shortly after takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The plane ‘was taking off, went straight up, and it took a hard right and hit the ground,’ a witness told WSB-TV.
The plane then flipped and burst into flames.
All four people on board were killed, according to officials.
On Saturday, the JD Rosen Family Foundation told CBS46 that founder and board member Jonathan D. Rosen was one of those killed.
The identities of the other victims have not been released.
The Foundation describes Rosen as ‘a self-made entrepreneur. A forward-thinking visionary. An empowering wealth-builder.’
He was the CEO of Entaire Global Companies, a financial services holding company, and active in the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.
The crash on Friday afternoon is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Shortly after takeoff, a plane made a hard landing at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport before flipping onto its side and catching fire
At least 15 firefighters stationed at the county-owned airport raced onto the runway and put out the flames
All four people aboard the flight died after the plane landed, flipped on its side, and caught on fire shortly after takeoff
At least 15 firefighters stationed at the county-owned airport raced onto the runway and put out the flames relatively quickly, according to the county fire official, Captain Jaeson Daniels, speaking with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
At least five fire and rescue vehicles were on scene as well, alongside two firetrucks.
The NTSB investigation is expected to take 15 days. It will ‘request radar data, weather information, air traffic control communication, airplane maintenance records and the pilot’s medical records,’ according to a statement.
Photographer Keith Berry, who witnessed the scene, said the plane appeared to make a hard landing before flipping onto its side and catching fire.
‘It crashed, and I don’t know if it was just a hard landing, but it flipped and then it caught on fire,’ Berry told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Steven Lemasters captured a video on his phone from Downwind Restaurant and Lounge that overlooks the airport’s runways.
‘It was just interesting watching the shock increase,’ he told Fox 5 Atlanta, describing people as having their heads in their hands as they watched the fire erupt.
‘My dad was actually the one who saw the motion out of the corner of his eye. He saw what he realized was the plane moving off of the runway.
The plane was taking off from Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (pictured). Witnesses stated they did not hear a bang when the plane landed
A Cessna P210N (stock image) usually cost around $40,000
‘One of the wildest parts of it was we didn’t hear a thing, and you know, all the engines going around it in the airport, we thought we would have heard an explosion or something, but it was dead quiet,’ he said.
The airport is set on more than 700 acres less than 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. With an average of about 209,000 annual takeoffs and landings over the past three decades, it is the state’s second-busiest airport behind only Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, according to its website.
There was no immediate indication of what may have caused the crash.
DailyMail.com attempted to contact the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport and the DeKalb County Police Department, as well as, Synovus and the Rosen Family Foundation.