Plane crashes into Palm Coast house; 3 dead
Updated On: Jan 05 2013 05:42:32 PM EST
A plane crashed into a Palm Coast home Friday afternoon, killing three people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Flagler County deputies said the plane, which departed from Fort Pierce and was en route to Knoxville, Tenn., crashed into a home on Utica Path near Interstate 95 and Highway 100, just east of the Flagler County airport.
Florida Highway Patrol officials identified those killed as 57-year-old Michael Anders and 59-year-old Duane Shaw , both of Albany, KY and 42-year-old Charissee Peoples, Indianapolis, IN.
Anders, pictured below, was a teacher at Clinton County School District in Kentucky. He was born on Jan. 4, 1955 and died Jan. 4, 2013.
The district released the following statement:
"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."
The only person inside the home at the time of the crash, Susan Crockett, escaped through the window and was helped by neighbors and first responders. The homeowner was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler in stable condition, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Crockett's daughter, Jessica Crockett, told Local 6, "The fact that my mom survived, the fact that she was able to get out, my mom is a strong woman and nothing will shake her because she has faith in God. I'm so thankful that she's still here."
Crockett said her mother is staying with relatives, and was not injured by the crash.
Troopers also said a neighbor with a medical condition was taken to the hospital after they saw the initial impact of the plane and was distressed from seeing it all.
A fire erupted after the crash, fully engulfing the home.
FHP said the pilot of the aircraft declared an emergency around 2:10 p.m. after the plane was severely shaking, reported smoke and entered an area of bad weather.
FAA said the mechanical problem forced the plane to divert to the Flagler County Airport.
The plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza registered out of the British Virgin Islands, then struck the house.
"It sounded like there was a car accident in the front yard of a semi, it was so loud," said neighbor Tim Hornsby, whose wife and 7-week-old daughter were in the house next-door when the plane crashed through the roof of the house.
"Actually I can believe it happened because I live right near the airport, I see planes come over all the time," he said. "They're pretty low sometimes to be honest with you."
The National Transportation Safety Board will be taking over the investigation into the crash. The cause of the plane crash is unknown.
"It happens when you fly planes, when you drive cars sometimes you get into to accidents," Hornsby said. "It's just unfortunate somebody had to die."