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Palm Coast woman who had plane crash into her home not sure if she wants to rebuild

3:47 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- The woman who was in her home when a plane crashed into it on Jan. 4 is not certain if she wants to rebuild her home and continue living there.

"Every time I hear a plane or helicopter, I'm jumping and ready to hit the dirt," said Susan Crockett at a news conference with her attorney Marc Dwyer. Crockett had to escape from her home through the master bedroom window.

Dwyer said it would take months to more than a year to determine if the house would even be rebuilt, or if she even wants to live near an airport again. He said she also grieves for the three lives that were lost.

"At this point, our main concern is trying to make sure that Ms. Crockett can return to whatever form of normalcy that there can be when you lose all your material possessions within one day," he said.

Crockett said she did not start experiencing trauma until some time after the crash had passed.

"Right after, I was just happy to be alive," she said.

On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its initial report on the crash. Dwyer pointed out that the most significant new finding was that "the engine pressure was zero with 'cool cylinders,'" according to the report.

But Dwyer also said there is still much investigative work to be done. As a result, it hasn't yet been determined if he will file a lawsuit on Crockett's behalf.

"You don't file lawsuits until you know who's at fault for something and until you know who and what have not necessarily done all that they need to do and their responsibilities under the law," Dwyer said.

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