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.