3 Killed After Small Plane Crashes into Florida Home: Authorities

The aircraft hit a house in Palm Coast Friday afternoon

Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 5:19 PM EDT
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The small plane crashed into a home in Palm Coast, in central Florida.

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Authorities said three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a house while trying to land at a central Florida airport.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot reported mechanical problems shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The Beechcraft BE35, which had three people on board, had been heading to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., but diverted to the Flagler County Airport. FAA officials didn't immediately know where the plane took off.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reported that the pilot declared an emergency at about 2:10 p.m. Friday, saying that the plane was shaking.

Authorities said the plane hit a Palm Coast home near the Flagler County Airport about 12 minutes later. The house burst into flames.

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