Plane crash kills three pilots

by lmallernee | November 16th, 2012

November 16, 2012

In Jackson, Mississippi, a small plane crash Tuesday evening killed three long-time Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Mississippi Wing members, reports the Clarion Ledger.

Shortly after takeoff at about 5:10 pm from Hawkins Field Airport, the Piper A32 the men were flying in crashed into a residential area. The men were headed to a Federal Aviation Administration safety meeting in Raymond, Mississippi, about 30 miles away.

After experiencing engine trouble just minutes after leaving Hawkins Field, the single-engine aircraft struck a home on Marcus Butler Drive, just off West Capitol Street.

A woman in the home was able to escape by jumping out of a window.

“It was a blast of fire and smoke,” said a witness. “It sounded just like a bomb went off. All of a sudden, it just started descending, about four houses away from me, and it got real low almost at the top of the trees, then it fell into a house.”

The Mississippi Wing commander said, “The CAP family is deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. These fine men served selflessly in the military and/or in CAP. Their legacy will be marked by tireless service, devotion to duty and with great personal integrity and character. They touched innumerable lives as friends, business associates, mentors, instructors and leaders.”

The Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy send our condolences to the families and friends of the men who died in this aviation accident.