PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the three people killed after a small plane crashed into a house while trying to land at a central Florida airport.
The 1957 Beechcraft H35 Bonanza was heading from Fort Pierce to Knoxville, Tenn., when it experienced mechanical problems and crashed Friday.
Florida Highway Patrol officials identified the victims Saturday as 58-year-old Michael Anders, of Albany, KY, 59-year-old Duane Shaw, of Albany, KY and 42-year-old Charissee Peoples, of Indianapolis.
The pilot told controllers that the engine was shaky and the plane was smoking minutes before crashing into a Palm Coast home.
Homeowner Susan Crockett was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP/CNN/WVLT) -- 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 from Ft. Pierce, but diverted to the Flagler County Airport.
Bad weather and engine trouble forced the pilot to attempt an emergency landing.
"They radioed in that they were having engine, the engines were shaking, they reported that they saw smoke. Commotion ensued," said FHP Lt. Justin Asbury.
"I heard a putt putt and then I heard boom. And I looked out the front window and I looked up the street and there were flames coming out of that house," said Robert Ferrigno, a neighbor.
"She (his wife) said it startled her and it sounded like there was a car accident in the front yard with a semi it was so loud when she came outside that's when she was pretty upset," said Tim Hornsby, whose wife heard the crash.
The plane crashed right into Susan Crockett's home in Palm Coast.
Her daughter says Crockett escaped through a bedroom window, just before flames from the crash engulfed the home.
"My mom is going to be fine. She's got great faith in God, and I know that will take her miles and miles, and she's going to be able to handle it. She's going to be fine," said Jessica Crockett.
The Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville did not have a copy of the plane's flight plan, which means they couldn't tell Local 8 News who was on board or why the place was heading to east Tennessee.
Local 8 News has also heard communications between the pilot and air traffic control in Florida.
But we made the decision not to release any of that information until we know next of kin has been notified.
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