Two dead as plane crashes into house near South Bend airport


Authorities say a private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed in South Bend neighborhood, resulting in two deaths and several other injuries. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig in Oklahoma City said two of four people aboard the plane were killed.

Authorities say the private jet was experiencing mechanical trouble when it crashed Sunday. It hit three homes, becoming lodged in one of them. Herwig says the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet had left Tulsa, Okla.'s Riverside Airport and crashed near the South Bend Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said three people injured when the plane crashed were being treated there; one was in serious condition and two were in fair condition. Scoope did not know if they were on the plane or the ground.

Herwig says there's "an indication of a mechanical problem." He says injuries resulted from the crash, but he doesn't know if they occurred on the aircraft or on the ground. 

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

The neighborhood was evacuated because of concerns about jet fuel.

Neighborhood resident Stan Klaybor says the aircraft clipped the top of one house, heavily damaged a second, and came to rest against a third. He says one resident hasn't been seen.

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