US: Small plane crashed into Florida home, kills 3 aboard, woman occupier dived through glass window and survives injured – 050113 1325z

A small plane crashed into a home in eastern Florida on Friday, killing all three people aboard, the Florida Highway Patrol said. It happened at 2:22 p.m., 12 minutes after the pilot declared an emergency, saying the plane was severely shaking, the highway patrol said.

A middle-aged woman who lived alone in the house dived through a closed window to get out after the plane hit, neighbor Joe McBride, 71, said. The highway patrol said she was taken to the hospital, but they did not have details on her injuries.

“She went right through the glass window,” McBride said. “She’s banged up, but she’s going to be all right.” He added, “She’s lucky to be alive because that house is a wreck.”

The Beechcraft BE35 was en route to Knoxville Downtown Island Airport in Tennessee, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. It wasn’t immediately known from where the plane originated.

The plane was diverting to Flagler County Airport, near the coast about 30 miles north of Daytona Beach, when it crashed a mile east of the airport, Bergen said.

Video from CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13 showed white smoke rising from a large, black hole in the one-story house, which is surrounded by trees. Parts of the roof were melted away.

“Because of the steepness of the trees in the area, the tall pine trees, it looks like it was a pretty steep descent and it went right into the roof,” Lt. Justin Asbury of the highway patrol said.

McBride said he was looking outside when the plane passed low overhead not more than 40 feet in the air, he estimated. “I could look into it, almost,” he said.

The plane was making an odd sound as it passed overhead, as if it was stalling, he said. “It sounded like the engine wasn’t running right at all.” The plane took down all the utility wires on the street, which is in a rural residential area with many retirees. He said it appeared the plane was going in the general direction of the airport, but not directly toward it.

Saturday, 05 January, 2013 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC RSOE

Update:

Authorities say at least three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a house while trying to land at a central Florida airport.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot reported mechanical problems shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.

The Beechcraft BE35, which had three people onboard, had been heading to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., but diverted to the Flagler County Airport. FAA officials didn’t immediately know where the plane took off.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reports that the plane hit a Palm Coast home just east of the airport a few minutes after the pilot’s call. The house caught fire, but the home’s owner was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Saturday, 05 January, 2013 at 05:14 UTC RSOE

Pilot reported engine, oil pressure problems before crash

CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13

“PALM COAST –

Newly-released radio transmissions show the pilot of a small plane reported engine and oil pressure problems before crashing into a Flagler County home, killing all three on board.

Pilot: Daytona, this is 3-7-5. We got a, we got a vibration in the prop. I need some help here.

Tower: 3-7-Bravo-Roger the closest airport is, ah, 12 oclock. 12 to 1 oclock in 5 miles and uh, are you I-F-R capable and equipped?

Pilot: Yeah, Im I-F-R. Im just- we got a little bit of vibration and we got oil pressure problems- were going to have to drop quickly here.

Federal aviation investigators said air traffic controllers were diverting the plane to the Flagler County Airport after the pilot expressed some trouble with the airplane and lost contact with him about 20 minutes after he radioed for help.

The plane crashed into a home on Utica Path around 2 p.m. Friday.

Neighbors said they heard a loud boom and it looked like the plane took a nose dive straight into the house.

Susan Crockett was inside when the plane went down, but she narrowly escaped through a window.

She was taken to Flagler Hospital Flagler where she is in stable condition.

Crockett’s daughter, Jessica, said God saved her mother.

“It’s nothing but God. The fact that my mom survived. The fact that she was able to get out. My mom is a strong woman and she, nothing will shake her because she has faith in God,” Jessica said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the plane was headed from Ft. Pierce, FL to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn.

Three people on board the plane were killed instantly. Their identities have not yet been released.

Utica Path remains closed to all traffic.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Flagler County Sheriffs Office are investigating the crash.

Preliminary Report from Florida Highway Patrol

The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting a preliminary plane crash investigation while awaiting the arrival of the FAA and NTSB. There are three deceased at the scene. Preliminary information indicates that the plane was traveling from Ft. Pierce, FL to Knoxville, TN. The aircraft was registered out of the British Virgin Islands.

The pilot reported having engine trouble, saw smoke, and then entered an area of bad weather. Shortly thereafter, the 911 calls began at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office regarding a plane crashing into a house at 22 Utica Path, in the Seminole Woods Subdivision of Palm Coast.

Only portions of the wing remained and it appears the plane made a steep decent prior to entering the roof of the home.

A fire ensued and consumed the remainder of the plane and a great portion of the house. One resident of the home, Susan Crockett, in her bedroom at the time of the crash, had to escape through the window. She has been treated at a local hospital and has been released.

FAA and NTSB are expected at the scene this evening and will again be on scene tomorrow. Any questions information regarding the cause of the crash should be asked of these entities following their arrival.” – CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13

Download video here: http://static.cfnews13.com/newsvideo/cfn/Palm-Coast-crash-0105.flv

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