Tuesday 20 March 2018

Two killed as private jet crashes into homes

The crashed plane in South Bend, Indiana
The crashed plane in South Bend, Indiana

A private jet has crashed in a suburban neighbourhood in the US, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane.

The Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet had left Tulsa, Oklahoma's Riverside Airport on Sunday and crashed near South Bend Regional Airport in Indiana, after apparently experiencing mechanical trouble.

Two of four people aboard the plane were killed.

South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said three people injured when the plane crashed were being treated there. One was in a serious condition and two were in a fair condition.

The plane was registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana in Helena, Montana.

In South Bend, Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said the presence of jet fuel from the aircraft made the situation "very dangerous". The plane was lodged inside a house.

Reports said the jet attempted a landing, went back up and manoeuvred south to try another landing, but eight minutes later the airport learned the plane was no longer airborne.

Stan Klaybor, who lives opposite the crash scene, said the jet clipped the top of one house, heavily damaged a second and came to rest against a third.

Neighbours did not know if a woman living in the most heavily damaged house was home at the time and a young boy in the third house did not appear to be seriously injured, Mr Klaybor said. "Her little boy was in the kitchen and he got nicked here," he said, pointing to his forehead.

Irish Independent

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