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3 dead after small plane crashes near Flagler County airport

PALM COAST — At least three people were dead after a small plane crashed into a house Friday afternoon while trying to land at an airport north of Daytona Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The 1957 Beechcraft H35 Bonanza was heading from Fort Pierce to Knoxville, Tenn., when it began experiencing mechanical problems, FHP Lt. Justin Asbury said. The pilot told controllers that the engine was shaky and there was smoke coming from the plane. The plane was also entering bad weather.

A Flagler County Sheriff's Office report said the plane hit a Palm Coast home just east of the Flagler County Airport around 2:20 p.m., several minutes after the pilot's call.

Robert Ferrigno, who lives down the street, said he heard the crash from his home. "I looked outside, and there were flames shooting up over the trees," Ferrigno said.

The home's owner — identified by FHP as Susan Crockett — was already outside when they arrived, screaming that a plane had crashed into her house.

Crockett was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, Asbury said. She was listed in stable condition.

Authorities didn't immediately identify the people on the plane.

3 dead after small plane crashes near Flagler County airport 01/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:54pm]
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