Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2 Dead As Plane Crashes In High Point Neighborhood

2 Dead As Plane Crashes In High Point Neighborhood

Small, Twin-Engine Aircraft Crashes Near Community

POSTED: 6:49 pm EDT March 30, 2011
UPDATED: 8:44 pm EDT March 30, 2011
A plane crashed into a house in the Frasier Downs neighborhood off Sandy Ridge Road at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, killing the pilot and a passenger, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. View Slideshow Four people were in the home on Devane Court and made it out safely.Jim Downing, who lives one street away from the home, said he was on his way home from work when he heard an explosion.“I could see the flame and fire and some kids were jumping around,” Downing said.Downing said he ran over to find out what happened, but by that time, the father and his three children were outside.Not long after, fire crews arrived at the home and had the fire out by 7 p.m., officials said.“There was various piles of debris in the back yard of the house and the back yard of the house next door. It almost is like it dropped from the sky,” Downing said.
Downing said the plane crashed at the ground level of the home.“I was in the house watching TV and I heard a loud bang. I ran outside and saw the engine in the street. Some people were yelling. Some people were crying. Initially I thought a car had crashed into the house,” another witness, Carl Hall, said.High Point Fire Capt. Denita Lynch said a neighboring house was clipped as the plane went down. No one was at home at that house at the time, Lynch said.Downing said neighbors helped the children with blankets to keep them warm. Lynch said the Red Cross was assisting the family.Officials said the plane, a Beechcraft Baron, was attempting to land at Piedmont Triad International Airport. It has been en route to Winston-Salem when it was diverted to Greensboro due to adverse weather conditions.The plane is owned by Charlotte-based Jet Logistics, which offers charter flight services in North Carolina.The names of the victims weren't immediately released.
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