CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- DeKalb County fire and police officials have confirmed to 11Alive that a pilot died, Saturday, after a fatal crash at an area air show.
The crash happened when an airplane attempted a stunt at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Chamblee during the 2016 Good Neighbor Day Airshow.
Officials at the airport said that weather was clear at the time that the plane came down and that they had never had a crash of this type in 30 years.
The cause is still unclear.
A witness told 11Alive that the crashed plane was a biplane, later confirmed to be a Pitts Special, but few other details were available at the time. The name of the pilot was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander called the crash tragic. Alexander said he feared there would be lasting trauma for the families watching as the aircraft came crashing down at the end of the show.
Footage before/after crash: Viewer discretion advised
Video courtesy of Juan Rios - Youtube
Interim county CEO Lee May also responded following the horrible accident.
"A tragedy occurred as professional pilots entertained and educated thousands today," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the pilot who lost his life."
The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to further investigate the crash along with several local law enforcement and emergency agencies.
While information is still fluid, at least one thing is clear: the flight community at PDK is now in mourning.
11Alive's crews on the scene took this photo late Saturday after flags at half staff in front of the airport.