FLAGLER COUNTY —The pilot and two passengers killed in the Flagler County crash of a single-engine plane that departed a Fort Pierce airport Friday all were out-of-state residents.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael R. Anders, 57, of Albany, Ky., was flying the 1957 Bonanza H35 when Anders reported having engine trouble. The plane then plunged through the roof of a home in Palm Coast about one mile east of Flagler County Airport. The sole occupant of the home was able to escape serious injury when she climbed to safety through a bedroom window.
However, FHP reported Anders and passengers Duane L. Shaw, 59, also of Albany, and Charissee M. Peoples, 42, of Indianapolis, died in the 2:29 p.m. crash. The plane was registered out of the British Virgin Islands.
Inspectors from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash site Saturday trying to determine the cause.
It is not immediately known why the airplane stopped in Fort Pierce en route to Knoxville.
St. Lucie County International Airport is a U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement checkpoint.