3 Die in Plane Crash ... on Way to FAA Safety Meeting
Mississippi conference was less than 30 miles away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2012 9:45 AM CST
Flames and smoke billow from a home in west Jackson, Miss., Tuesday evening, Nov. 13, 2012, after authorities say a small plane carrying three people crashed into the residence shortly after 5 p.m.   (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)

(Newser) – The three pilots had just taken off from Mississippi's Hawkins Field Airport when the single-engine plane they were flying to an FAA safety conference less than 30 miles away began to falter. A Jackson police officer looked up in the sky and saw the Piper PA-32 "spitting and sputtering" like it was out of fuel, he would later tell the plane's owner, a budding pilot whose own life was spared when he decided to go deer hunting instead of flying yesterday afternoon.

One of the aviators asked for permission to return to the airport, but just minutes later the plane went down. It crashed through trees before slamming into a house that quickly caught fire, sending long flames and black smoke through the neighborhood of modest single-family homes. A deputy fire chief said that one person escaped the burning home with minor injuries, but it was not immediately clear if anyone else was inside. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.

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Nov 17, 2012 2:15 PM CST
they were the ones who needed the safety conference the most! darwin goes flying. rip!
Nov 14, 2012 12:51 PM CST
... On way to FAA Safety Meeting Lord don't let me die ironically, and end up in a Newser ironic headline.
Nov 14, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Don't worry, the FAA will get to the bottom of this...