Indianapolis woman killed in Florida plane crash

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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.


  • L Kraus

    That crash was in Palm Coast not Palm Beach. Palm Beach is in South Florida Palm Coast where the crash was in Central Florida, north of Daytona Beach. I live in that area now, just moved from Indy last June. Just thought I would let you guys know.

  • Billy Williams

    How did the boat crash into the house? Something doesn’t sound right.. anyone know any of the missing info??

  • Gary Parker

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Mike Anders' death. He always welcomed my wife and I to park our airplane on his property when we would fly down to Dale Hollow to go on our annual houseboat vacations. He loved to fly and loved flying in the Virgin Islands. May he and his passengers rest in God's peace.

  • Jerome Healy

    Mike was one of those people that something fun was going to happen when he was around. I worked with him is a small factory on the evening shift and he always had a joke or an hilarious story to tell. If you were down he would seek you out to inject you with his infectionous humor. The master of the come-back, the humorous quip, the acerbic observation. Yet still someone who gave a damn about doing a job right. God, I'll miss him.
    "A fellow of infinite jest…"

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