Friday, March 16, 2012

5 people killed in fiery jet crash at Macon County Airport, Carolina

Five people were killed in an airplane crash at the Macon County Airport in Franklin, NC Thursday, March 15 when a twin-engine Cessna Citation 501 mid-size executive jet exploded just off the runway following an unusual landing.

Terry Bates, Macon County Emergency Services Coordinator, stated Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:45 pm that at least three people were killed in the accident, but that it was possible there would be more accounted for as the investigation continued. By the time the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the bodies, the total fatalities had climbed to five after two more bodies were pulled from the wreckage. Authorities confirmed later in the afternoon that two couples, sets of husband and wife, and the infant daughter of one of the couples, were killed in the incident.

Angela Kinsland, Macon County 911 Coordinator, reported that the executive jet apparently approached the runway at too steep of an angle at approximately 1:45 in the afternoon. She said the pilot tried to correct the landing but touched the right wing to the runway, flipping the plane over and causing it to explode on impact. Emergency and fire personnel responded and extinguished the flames. Read More