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.”