JACKSON, Miss. – A small plane with three people aboard crashed into at least one home near an airport in Jackson Tuesday evening and authorities did not have immediate information on casualties.
A Jackson deputy fire chief told WJTV-TV that one person escaped the burning home with minor injuries, but it was not immediately clear if anyone else was inside. One patient from the scene was in good condition at University of Mississippi Medical Center, said spokesman Jack Mazurak. He wouldn't give the person's name or gender or the extent of the injuries.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen did not immediately have information about the condition of the people aboard the Piper PA-32 single-engine plane.
Roger and Michele Latham, from Superior Pallet Company in Flowood, Miss., own the plane, said their grown daughter, Emily Latham. Latham was near the crash site and said her father was supposed to have been on board but changed his plans.
"He went hunting," she said. "Thank God."
Witnesses say large flames and black smoke rose about 50 feet from a burning house that was hit in the neighborhood of modest, single-family homes surrounded by big magnolia and oak trees about a half-mile from the zoo.
The FAA says the plane had just departed Hawkins Field Airport headed for Raymond, Miss., when it crashed.
Vivian Payne, who lives about six blocks from the crash site, said that about 5 p.m., she heard a loud bang that sounded different from an electrical transformer blowing.
"It shook the walls of my house," Payne said as she stood among ambulances, police cars and fire trucks, their lights flashing in the chilly night air.
The weather in Jackson is partly cloudy in the 40s.