Indianapolis woman killed in Florida plane crash

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PALM COAST, FLA. — An Indianapolis woman was among those killed in a plane crash Florida Friday afternoon.

42-year-old Charisse Peoples of Indianapolis died on impact. Pilot Michael Anders, 57, and passenger, Duane Shaw, 59 – both of Albany, KY were also killed. The three were heading back after spending the Christmas holiday in the Virgin Islands.

Authorities say the plane crashed just before 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon — less than 10 minutes after the pilot saw smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency.

The 1957 Beechcraft Bonanza was en route from Fort Pierce to Knoxville when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and tried diverting the plane to Flagler County Airport. The plane nose-dived into a home in Palm Coast, a mile away from the runway.

Homeowner Susan Crockett was able to make it out without a scratch by jumping out the window.

“I was getting ready to leave. I had some errands to run so I was getting ready to walk out the door,” said Crockett. “Something said, ‘Stop. Hold.’ and I’m like, ‘What? Why?’ I stopped. Plane hit the building, hit the house. Boom! And that’s why I had to stop.”

According to Peoples’ LinkedIn profile, she started working at United Technologies in July.


  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    >“Something said, ‘Stop. Hold.’

    Weird how that happens sometimes and that is getting an audible and quite clear warning from nowhere by someone or something to prevent harm to yourself.

    I've had it happen a few times.

  • MeatPlow

    I miss the warnings due to all the other voices in my head rambling on and on.
    pretty cool though, we don't know half of what is really in this world.

  • MrsJones

    Charisse was originally from Cleveland and those of us who grew up with her (Gracemount, Whitney Young and John Marshall) wish her eternal peace.

  • Fellow pilot

    Duane was a very good friend . He lived in Indy for over 30 years and worked for a Commercial Hvac out of Indy but lived in Kentucky. May Duane, Charisse, and Michael rest in peace. Take a moment and say a prayer for them

  • Steve

    I met Charisse in a pre-engineering program prior to our freshman year at Ohio University, and later worked with her at Lucent Technologies. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. She will be missed.

  • Keith

    I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. I worked with Charisse at Lucent/Alcatel-Lucent. She was a smart and beautiful lady. May God bless Charisse and her family.

    Charisse – Rest in Peace.

  • Jerome Healy

    I worked with Mike 35 years ago at a small factory in LaSalle, Illinois. We both worked the night shift and went to college during the day. Basically I was the janitor and Mike ran an NC-lathe. Kinda of mindless job of loading and unloading parts from the chuck. He would have his Spanish text book sitting on the shield and would practice conjugating Spanish verbs while the lathe whirled away, sloshing coolant onto the backside of the window of the shield. To amuse himself he would orally repeat the lesson, "Yo Tengo, tu tienes…." in the comedic way the Mike was the master of.

    My grief can be but an echo of what his family is going through and I can hardly breathe.

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