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Three killed after plane crashes into house, NTSB to release new information

11:19 AM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board is to release new information at 3 p.m. Saturday on a small plane that crashed into a house in Palm Coast.

An official with the NTSB made an impromptu briefing to update the media Saturday morning. 

The small plane crashed into house on Utica Path in Palm Coast killing three on Friday afternoon, according to Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito.

The pilot of a small plane declared an emergency around 2:10 p.m., according to a news release from Debra Johnson, Public Information Officer with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson said the pilot reported the plane was severely shaking.
Initial reports from the Federal Aviation Administration said there were four people on board the plane, but Petito said as investigators continued to listen to the FAA tapes, they were able to determine that there were only three on the plane.

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol said three on board the plane, who have not yet been identified, died. A report from FHP said the "pilot reported having engine trouble, saw smoke, and then entered an area of bad weather."

According to Jim Peters with the FAA, the plane was heading to Knoxville, TN, but he could not give any further information about who was flying the plane before having trouble and trying to land at Flagler County Airport.

The FHP said preliminary information shows the plane, a 1957 Bonanza H35 registered in the British Virgin Islands, was traveling from Ft. Pierce. According to air traffic communication, the still unidentified pilot listed the tail number as N375B.

That plane is registered to a Michael Anders from the British Virgin Islands. It is not yet known if Anders was flying the plane, just that the plane was registered to him. According to FAA records, the plane's registration was expired.

The plane crashed into a home on Utica Path around 2:22 p.m. Friday afternoon, Johnson said. Before crashing into the roof of the home, FHP said plane made a "steep descent." A fire then broke out and only portions of the wing remain.

FHP's report said the actual address of the crash is 22 Utica Path. Peters described that address as being just one mile east of the Flagler County Airport.

According to FHP, Susan Crockett, who was in the home at the time of the crash, suffered minor injuries after escaping out of the home through a bedroom window. She was initially taken to Florida Hospital Flagler, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Crockett had been released from the hospital, according to Florida Hospital Flagler Media Manager Lindsay Rew.

The Flagler County Property Appraiser's website lists Crockett as the home's owner.

Deputies also said the fire appears to be out, and it looks like the plane landed in the home's backyard. As a result of the crash, deputies evacuated houses in the immediate area and closed the entire street to traffic.

Crockett's daughter Jessica told First Coast News that her mother is doing well and is strong and "blessed" to be alive.

The National Traffic Safety Board arrived on scene Friday night.

First Coast News

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