Officials identify victims of Florida small plane crash that was

Officials identify victims of Florida small plane crash that was en route to Knoxville

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The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. one mile east of the airport. (source: The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. one mile east of the airport. (source:
Michael Anders (source: Clinton County High School website) Michael Anders (source: Clinton County High School website)

PALM COAST, Fla. (WATE) - Officials have identified the victims of a plane crash that occurred Friday afternoon in Florida.  The plane was heading to Knoxville's Downtown Island Airport when it crashed into a house a mile from an airport.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Anders, 58, of Albany, Ky., was one of the victims on the plane.

Duane L. Shaw, 59, Albany, Ky., and Charissee M. Peoples, 42, Indianapolis, Ind., also died in the crash.

According to Clinton County High School's website, Anders was a Spanish teacher at the school.

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a media briefing at 3 p.m. on Saturday by the accident site to release more information.

According to FAA spokesperson Jim Peters, three people were on board the airplane. All died at the scene. 

The Florida Highway Patrol says the plane which was registered in the British Virgin Islands was traveling from Ft. Pierce, Fla. to Knoxville.

FAA Regional Operations spokesperson Kathleen Bergen says the pilot of the Bonanza BE35 aircraft reported engine trouble and was diverting to Flagler County Airport.

The pilot reported the plane was severely shaking and declared an emergency before the crash. He also reported smoke in the cabin.

The plane crashed a short time later, just after 2 p.m. and one mile east of the airport. 

Portions of the wing were all that remained in the burning home. The Florida Highway Patrol says the plane apparently made a steep decent before crashing into the roof of the home.

Neighbors reported hearing the crash before seeing the flames.

"You hear them going over all the time and they putt. sometimes they puttputt and I heard it puttputt. Then I heard boom, and I looked out the front window, and looked up the street and there were flames coming out of the house," said neighbor Robert Ferrigno.

"My wife was pretty upset after seeing it, yes. She came outside after hearing the explosion. She didn't see the accident, but she heard the explosion. She was on the couch and she said it startled her, and it sounded like there was a car accident in the front yard of a semi, it was so loud," said neighbor Tim Hornsby.

The owner of the house hit by the plane, Susan Crockett, was in her bedroom when the plane crashed.

"My mom is a strong woman and nothing will shake her because she has faith in God. I am so thankful that she's still here. I love my mom to death and I'm just really glad everything worked out," said daughter Jessica Crockett.

She escaped through a window and was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries before being released.

"I was getting ready to leave, had some errands to run, getting ready to walk out the door, something said, 'stop, hold,' and I'm like, 'what, why, what's going on?' I stopped, the plane hit the building, hit the house. Boom," explained homeowner Susan Crockett.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Investigator Terry Duprie says the preliminary report will be complete in about ten days.

6 News Reporter JESSA LEWIS contributed to this report.

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