Pilot of Knoxville-bound aircraft reported plane was shaking.
Three people aboard a small plane died Friday afternoon when their crippled aircraft plunged into a home on Florida's northeast coast, federal authorities said. The homeowner escaped unharmed.
The Beechcraft Bonanza BE35 was headed from Daytona Beach to the Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., when the pilot reported a mechanical problem about 2:10 p.m. ET, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The pilot was attempting to land at the Flagler County Airport but crashed minutes later into the home, in a wooded subdivision of Palm Coast, less than a mile from the runway.
Authorities told FlaglerLive the pilot had reported the plane was shaking severely. FlaglerLive has a photo of the crash.
Initial reports indicated four or five people were aboard, but the FAA said the four-seater was carrying only three. Their identifies, or who owned the place, have not been released.
The homeowner, identified as Suzanne Crockett, was seen being comforted by neighbors, telling them, "I'm OK."
Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle said she was alone when the plane slammed through her roof.
"She just walked out of the living room, saw the flames and jumped out the window and ran next door to a neighbor's house," he told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. He described Crockett as "a nervous wreck."