Plane Crash Reaction

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

June 14, 2006

Residents of the surrounding area of a deadly crash Wednesday described what they heard and saw at the time of the incident.

One woman said she saw the plane circling around the field before it dropped, but the key is what the neighbors heard. She said it sounded like the engine cut out just before it crashed.

Neighbors say two people were due in Wednesday and that the plane was headed for a nearby airstrip.

A woman reportedly called 911 just after hearing the crash, but even those who didn't hear it could see the smoke from a distance. One local woman said it looked like thick black smoke with a flash of orange and red and there was a loud pop when the plane landed.

"When I looked over I saw a big black bellow of smoke going straight up in the air. It scared me. I thought it was a tractor at first and then I saw people standing outside and I asked them and they told me they think it was a plane that went down," said neighbor Jean Pleasants.

The private airstrip is just off of Plank Road about one mile from the crash.

It's common for small planes to fly in and out of the area several times a week. On a side note: the former owner of Bundoran Farm--Fred Scott was not involved. Scott said that he thinks he knows the pilot and described him as experienced and highly qualified.

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