What a tragedy. The victims of the terrible May 8 plane crash on Interstate 285 in Atlanta have been identified. Brothers Phillip and Christopher were tragically killed, as well as Christopher’s fiancee and their father.
A simple plane ride to a family member’s graduation ended in tragedy. Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, were killed after their small plane crashed into Atlanta’s Interstate 285 on May 8. Christopher’s fiancee, Jackie Kulzer, and the family dog were also onboard. The family was headed to Ole Miss to watch Greg’s youngest son, Robert, graduate.
Plane Crash 285: Victims Of Atlanta Interstate Accident Revealed
The plane that Greg was flying, took off from DeKalb Peachtree Airport then crashed about a mile away at 10 a.m. ET on May 8, according to USA Today. The plane originated from Asheville, N.C.
There’s no official confirmation on what caused the crash, but eyewitnesses saw the plane was clearly having trouble just moments before it crashed.
“It looked like it was struggling. You could see him trying to get the nose of the plane up. It was edging up, and then it just dropped,” driver Don McGhee, 48, said. “It was just a huge fire, just smoke and fire.
Greg served 17 years as a deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department in Asheville, N.C. He opened tanning salons in 2006 but was still an active reserve officer. He received his commercial pilot’s license on Jan. 22, according to his Facebook page.
Christopher and Jackie both went to Ole Miss. They were now working as a real estate agent and certified public accountant in Atlanta. They had also already set a date for their wedding. “They were just precious. Christopher and his fiancee, Jackie, they went to Ole Miss,” Peggy Swicegood, Christopher and Phillip’s grandmother told WSB-TV. “They both were going to be 28 the day before they were [to be] married in October.”
Phillip lived in Asheville, N.C., according to his Facebook page.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Byrd family at this time.
— Avery Thompson