- A small plane crashes in northwestern Chadron, Nebraska, killing three people.
- The pilot and two passengers were found dead when rescuers arrived at the scene.
- Several witnesses called the police to report a fireball.
A small plane crashed in northwestern Nebraska and three people died as a result. It happened near Chadron, Nebraska, the Star-Herald reported. Rescuers found the pilot and two passengers dead when they arrived at the scene. Several witnesses called the police to report a fireball or explosion on the outskirts of town, according to a statement from the Dawes County prosecutor’s office, according to the AP and Infobae.
Rescue crews found the aircraft in a rural area near the Chadron Municipal Airport. The authorities are investigating how the events occurred and determining who is responsible.
How are the authorities investigating the incident?
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the aircraft crash. A spokesman, Peter Knudson, said that the Cessna T310R plane took off from the Chadron municipal airport and crashed just over a kilometer away. Authorities have not released the identities of the victims.
Very little information is available at this time, since the authorities are still looking for clues and evidence in the wreckage of the aircraft. This could take several hours. Rescue personnel went to the emergency scene, but only to transfer the bodies to the forensic facilities where they will be autopsied.
What did people report to 911?
According to witnesses, the scene was disturbing. Many people made calls to 911 and described the accident as a great “fireball” in the sky since the aircraft fell at extreme speed and was apparently already on fire. However, it will be up to the authorities to determine the causes of the plane crash.
So far, the victims have not been identified. Authorities will have to review the flight log, where the names of those on board the plane are registered. Meanwhile, the agents of the National Transportation Safety Board continue working at the scene and have not given a more detailed report regarding the possible causes of the crash that killed three people. Filed under: Nebraska plane crashes
Air tragedies around the country
On November 14, it was reported that four died on Saturday when the plane they were traveling in crashed on an island in Lake Michigan, authorities said. The twin-engine Britten-Norman crashed at an airport on Beaver Island, west of Mckinaw City, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office. The identities of the occupants have not been released yet. An explanation about the circumstances of what happened has also not been provided.
The Coast Guard that watches over the Great Lakes region tweeted that members of an air crew transferred a man and an 11-year-old girl to a hospital in Petoskey. The twin-engine had taken off from Charlevoix, on Michigan’s lower peninsula, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. The FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will participate in the investigation into the plane crash. Filed under: Nebraska plane crashes
Plane falls on the roof of a house
In mid-October, two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed into a home in northeastern Wisconsin, authorities said Sunday. Police in Ashland County received numerous calls to 911 around 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, with reports of the accident in the city of Marengo, located 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Duluth, Minnesota. No one on the ground was injured, authorities said.
The local police department said the victims are a 29-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman from Marengo. The police gave their, “deepest condolences to the families of the victims.” They said they will share more information with the public about this incident as it becomes available. The U.S. NTSB is investigating. Filed under: Nebraska plane crashes
U.S. Navy laments the death of pilots killed in a tragedy
A U.S. Navy plane crashed in an Alabama neighborhood, and two pilots were killed, authorities confirmed. The New York Post, quoting the authorities, reported that two pilots aboard a U.S. Navy plane were killed when it crashed into a residential neighborhood in Alabama on Friday night.
The Navy aircraft, a T-6B Texan II, crashed in the city of Foley around 5 p.m., local time, the U.S. Naval Air Forces said on Twitter. There were no passengers on the plane, and no civilians were injured in the crash that ended in flames in the neighborhood, authorities said. According to the New York Post, images of the scene taken by WKRG show the plane on fire in what appears to be a residential front yard.
Nebraska plane crashes: What other damage did the impact cause?
A house also caught fire when the plane crashed in Alabama, authorities said. Photos of the accident show thick black smoke billowing in the sky. Officials from the Department of Defense and the Navy will investigate the accident, authorities said.
The Naval Air Training Command mourned the loss of the two pilots in the air tragedy. “It is with regret that we mourn two of our pilots who lost their lives during a plane crash in Alabama today (Friday),” the Training Command wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences to their family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, fellow ships. We have the guard.”
Nebraska plane crashes: Why wasn’t the identities of the pilots released?
ABC News also reported the accident. The names of the deceased pilots will only be released 24 hours after their families are notified, according to the Navy. The Naval Air Station Whiting Field training plane in Florida crashed about 45 miles southwest in Foley, Alabama, according to Commander Zach Harrell, a spokesman for the United States Naval Air Forces, quoted by ABC News.
The accident caused substantial damage to a home and several vehicles, Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. There was a “large volume of fire” coming from the aircraft that was contained, Darby told the television station. “This is something we don’t see every day,” he said. The cause of the plane crash in Alabama is still under investigation.