• NTSB releases preliminary report on Palm Coast plane crash


    PALM BAY, Fla. - On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings on what may have caused a small plane to crash into a Palm Coast home two weeks ago.

    The three people in the plane died in the fiery crash.

    "Just a loud boom, then the fire," Susan Crockett said, describing the crash.

    Crockett was in her home when the plane hit it. She made it out, uninjured.

    "I just thank God," said Crockett.

    According to investigators, the plane was headed from Fort Pierce, Fla., to Knoxville, Tenn.

    The report indicates that there may have been engine trouble.

    Shortly before the crash, the pilot reported no oil pressure with cool engine cylinders.

    Two miles from the runway at Flagler Airport, the last radio transmission was sent and then the plane struck some trees and the home, the investigation said.

    Crockett said she has nightmares about the crash and has trouble sleeping.

    "Every time I hear a plane or helicopter I'm jumping, you know, ready to hit the dirt," said Crockett.

    Crockett's home is still in ruins. She said she wonders if she'll ever live in the home, or anywhere near an airport again.

    Crockett's attorney said they have no plans to sue. The attorney said they are interested in Friday's report of possible of engine trouble and are waiting to see what the NTSB's final report will show.

    "I know it's going to be a long road. I just feel lucky to be alive," said Crockett.

    The wreckage was moved to a nearby storage area. The NTSB says an engine examination will be done at the manufacturer's facility some time later.

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