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Pilots saddened by crash, confident in investigation

ATLANTA -- After more than 20 years of flying, hearing about another pilot and his passengers losing their lives is tough for Jonathan Sweatman.

"It saddens us all. Flying is a close knit community and we are immediately concerned when something happens like this," he said.

Sweatman learned how to fly at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). He calls it organized and supportive of pilots.

While the landscape has changed over the years - with more people and businesses surrounding the land - he said he and other pilots go through extensive training before taking to the skies.

He said they rely on that training and experience in unfamiliar surroundings or if they run into trouble.

"It's front-of-mind with pilots at all times, that if heaven forbid, and it's extremely rare, if heaven forbid, something were to go wrong, that we have a plan and know what we're gonna do," said Sweatman.

Now as investigators begin the process of looking into what caused a plane to crash into Interstate 285, Sweatman is confident in their work, even as he grieves for the lives lost.

"We know that the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] and more, particularly, the NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] will leave no stone unturned to figure out what happened so that if there is anything that we can learn from it, that will then be shared with pilots in the future," said Sweatman.