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NTSB releases preliminary report on plane crash into Palm Coast home that killed three

3:51 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the plane that crashed into a house on Jan. 4, killing three people.

Those among the deceased were the pilot, Michael R. Anders, 57, of Albany, KY and the passengers, Duane L. Shaw, 59, also from Albany, and Charissee M. Peoples, 42, of Indianapolis, IN.

The plane crashed at 2:19 p.m. into the Utica Path home of Susan Crockett, who managed to escape from the home through her bedroom window.

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According to the report, the Beechcraft H35 was traveling from St. Lucie County International Airport to Knoxville Downtown Island Airport. A visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed, the report says.

Anders reported to air traffic controllers at Daytona Approach that there were vibrations in the propeller and engine. Minutes later, he told them that "the engine oil pressure was zero with 'cool cylinders.'"

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The plane had been cleared to land on runway 29 at Flagler County Airport. Two miles from the runway, air traffic control lost contact with the plane.

One mile from the runway, witnesses reported losing sight of the Beechcraft behind pine trees. The crash was less than one mile southeast of the airport and the initial point of impact was a tree with broken limbs.

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When the plane crashed into the home, a fire broke out, which destroyed much of the plane and the home.

The engine will be examined at the manufacturers facility, the report said.

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