Two die in small plane crash

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:34am

A corporate jet, sheared in half -- it's nose poking through the front window of a shattered home.

Such was the scene in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood Sunday when a Hawker Beechcraft 390 slammed into a row of single-story homes, damaging three.

Two of the four people aboard the plane died on impact.

The other two were injured, as was one person on the ground, Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said late Sunday.

The plane was attempting to circle back around to the city's regional airport after a failed landing attempt when it crashed along Iowa Street.

Moments earlier, the plane's pilot had radioed for help.

He was experiencing problems with the technical equipment, he said.

The plane was almost on its back and was "spiraling down," resident Theresa Futa told WNDU.

"I've never seen anything like that before in my life ever."

A representative of the National Transportation Safety Board arrived late Sunday to investigate the crash.

The neighborhood of about 50 homes is under mandatory evacuation until at least 7 a.m. local time, officials said. Utilities were shut off as a precaution over concerns of a possible gas leak in the area.

Two shelters have been set up to house residents. 

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