Update: Victims identified in Knoxville bound plane crash

3:32 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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Updated 8:50 p.m.

In a press conference Saturday afternoon, Susan Crockett described what happened when a small plane crashed into her home Friday.

"I got out without a scratch on me. A little bruised from taking a tumble through the window, but I'm fine. I'm blessed," Crockett said, crediting her faith. "Truly God was with me. There's no way anyone...  should have gotten out of there, but God has other plans for me."

Crockett described chaos in the moments following the crash.

"Just reaction: Flames, fire, close the door and get out of the room..." she remembers thinking. "When I opened the bedroom door, flames came in. I knew I couldn't go out that way. I went back to the window and said, I'll take my chances with the fire that was outside. I pushed the screen out and jumped out and ran around to the front."

Crockett said she was grateful neither her daughters or her grandson were home at the time. She is currently staying with family members, but says her church family at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church helped her with clothes and other items she lost in the blaze.

The lead investigator of the crash for NTSB, Terrie Duprie, said officials are still conducting interviews and documenting the crash site.

"You can see its a small area, there's a very high-intense heat fire. A lot of the aircraft was destroyed, makes it difficult to try and reconstruct this and put everything back together."

Duprie says investigators believe weather could be a factor in the crash, and NTSB plans to use data from their Washington D.C. headquarters office to confirm.

"There was some low ceilings, we're still looking to see exactly what those were. It was not a bright, clear, sunny day. So there was some weather in the area," he said.

"It's a fairly confined area, so that typically leads to a more steeper approach or angle," Duprie added, before stopping himself to reiterate investigators are still piecing together information.

He also repeated the plane's intended flight plan before it crashed in Flagler County.

"All the information we have suggests that the airplane was headed for the airport. Originally, they had taken off out of Ft. Pierce, Florida en route to Knoxville, Tennessee. From what we've been told, the pilot was having some malfunctions in flight and being diverted here," he said.

Officials planned to remove the wreckage Saturday afternoon, and will issue a preliminary report in about ten days.

Updated 1:50 p.m. 

FAA has identified the pilot killed in a Knoxville bound plane crash as Michael Anders of Albany, Kentucky.

According to the Clinton County School's website, Anders was a teacher. The following statement was posted online:

"The Clinton County School District is very saddened by the loss of teacher Mr. Michael Anders. Mr. Anders was the Spanish teacher at Clinton County High School. He will be deeply missed by staff and students ."

It is still unknown whether Knoxville was the intended final destination.

The Florida Highway patrol also released the names of the two passengers as Duane L. Shaw, 59, of Albany, KY and Charissee M. Peoples, 42, of Indianapolis, IN.

A press conference is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.


Update 12:01 pm: The Florida Highway Patrol said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are on scene of the plane crash that killed three people in Florida.

The NTSB and FAA are conducting an investigation and will have a briefing at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

FHP is assisting them with locating and identifying the next of kin of the three victims.  Until that process is complete, they cannot release the names.

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The Florida Highway Patrol has released more information about a plane crash that killed three people in Florida. 

Investigators say the plane was traveling from Ft. Pierce, Florida to Knoxville.  The plane, a 1957 Bonanza H-35, was registered to Michael Anders of the British Virgin Islands.

The plane's tail number was N375B and it appeared the registration was expired, according to the FAA's website.

The names of those on board have not been released.

The pilot reported engine trouble, saw smoke, and then entered an area of bad weather.  Shortly after, the 911 Center in Flagler County started receiving phone calls that a plane had crashed into a house.

When troopers arrived, they said only portions of the wing remained and it appears the plane made a steep descent before hitting the roof of the home.  A fire started, destroying the plane and part of the house.

The woman who lives in the home, Susan Crockett, was in her bedroom when the crash happened, and she escaped out the window. She was treated and released from a local hospital.

The FAA and NTSB will take over the investigation when they arrive at the scene of the crash Friday evening.

Update 4:35 pm.  Flagler Co. Sheriff's Office says the home's owner is in stable condition at a local hospital.  They say the plane appeared to have actually landed in the back yard of the home, and the fire is now out.  Several neighboring homes were evacuated after the crash.  Florida Highway Patrol says investigators may be looking for a fourth victim from the plane.

Update 4:20 pm. Correction: FAA now saying there were three people on the plane, and all three were killed in the crash.

Update: 4:15 pm.  The Florida Highway Patrol says that four people were killed in the plane crash.  All the fatalities were on board the plane.

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A small plane headed to Knoxville's Downtown Island airport has crashed into a house in Florida.

Debra Johnson, Public Information Officer with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office told First Coast News that the pilot of a small plane declared an emergency around 2:10 p.m.

Johnson said the pilot reported the plane was severely shaking.

The plane crashed into a home around 2:22 Friday afternoon, Johnson said.

Flagler County is located just north of Daytona Beach.

There are conflicting reports on whether there were 3 or 5 people on board.  There's no word on injuries, who may have been on the plane, or where it was coming from.

The FAA Regional Operations in Atlanta told CNN that it was a BE35 aircraft, and that it crashed about east of the Flagler County Airport, where it had been diverted after reporting a mechanical problem.

10News will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.





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