Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


2 killed in US neighborhood jet crash

18 March 2013, 16:28

South Bend - A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed on Sunday in an Indiana neighbourhood, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane, authorities said.

The crash injured two other people aboard the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet and one person on the ground, South Bend Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said late on Sunday. Corthier said officials believe everyone connected with the damaged homes had been accounted for and there were no known missing people.

The jet had left Tulsa, Oklahoma's Riverside Airport and crashed late on Sunday afternoon near South Bend Regional Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Roland Herwig in Oklahoma City said.

South Bend Memorial Hospital spokesperson Maggie Scroope said three people injured in the crashed were being treated there; one was in serious condition and two were in fair condition.

The plane was registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana LLC in Helena, Montana. The company is owned by Wes Caves and does business as DigiCut Systems in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It makes window film and paint overlay for automobiles.

Jet fuel inside house

A woman identifying herself as Caves' wife answered the phone at their home on Sunday and said, "I think he's dead," before hanging up.

Although authorities believe everyone was accounted for, Corthier said firefighters still want to search a heavily damaged home.

"I believe they said they're going to have to tear down a portion of the house to make it stable. That probably won't happen until Monday," he said.

Jet fuel inside another house posed a hazard, Corthier said.

"The leaking has stopped, but there is fuel in the basement. That is one of our major concerns, the fuel," Corthier said.

An engine company was en route to the airport when its members witnessed the crash, Corthier said.

"Our arrival on the scene was immediate. Our working to get the occupants out started immediately. We were able to get some of the occupants out of the plane right away," Corthier said.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator arrived on the scene on Sunday night.

Part of the neighborhood southwest of the airport was evacuated after the crash, and Corthier said it was possible some residents would return to their homes Sunday night.

Big crash

Electricity was cut off to part of the neighborhood.

Mike Daigle, executive director of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, said the jet attempted a landing about 4:15 p.m., went back up and maneuvered south to try another landing, but eight minutes later the airport learned the plane was no longer airborne.

"There was an indication of a mechanical problem," Herwig said.

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

"Her little boy was in the kitchen and he got nicked here," Klaybor said, pointing to his forehead.

His wife, Mary Jane, regularly watches planes approach the airport.

"I was looking out my picture window. The plane's coming, and I go, 'Wait a minute,' and then, boom," she said.

"This one was coming straight at my house. I went, 'Huh?' and then there was a big crash, and all the insulation went flying," she said.

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 reasons people hate commitment

Some people hate commitment. This is why.

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Raila, Kalonzo invited to Pope Fr...

Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka will be present when Pope Francis makes his way to State House Nairobi for talks with various leaders. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Kibaki, Moi on hand to meet Pope ...

Pope Francis will meet retired Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki when he arrives at State House in Nairobi for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Do not date for more than 5 years

Do not date for more than 5 years. Here's why. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Kenyan atheists in court to stop ...

Kenyan Atheists have gone to court to protest the public holiday which will take place Thursday to celebrate the arrival of Pope Francis to the country. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Kuria charged, to stay in Police ...

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has been charged with incitement and hate speech and will spend the next few days in a Police cell awaiting his bail hearing Friday. Read more...