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UPDATE: Fuselage of plane removed from home

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The plane that crashed into three homes on Sunday has been removed from the homes and taken to the South Bend Airport for further investigation.

It was a process that took over two hours as a crane lifted the body of the plane off the Iowa Street home and placed it on a flatbed truck. Police then escorted the truck to a hanger at the airport. They say fuel was still in the plane while it was being transported so they took extra precautions in the move.

In a press conference held Monday afternoon, the NTSB said they will remain on site for several days looking into the crash along with local officials and FAA officials.  The "black box" voice recorder has been recovered.  The recorder is headed to Washington for review.  Officials say that information may not be available until a final report is issued.  That could take 9-12 months to be completed.

The plane reportedly made two approaches and an "aborted landing" before crashing.  The FAA says that the Beechcraft Premier 1 twin-jet plane was flying into South Bend from Tulsa, OK, when it crashed on approach.

The FAA reported that the plane was experiencing mechanical trouble when it crashed, but the NTSB is not releasing any information regarding cause at this time.

Four people were on the plane when it happened.  Two of the people onboard have died. The St. Joseph County coroner has confirmed the identities of the two people killed.  They are 58-year-old Wesley Caves and former Oklahoma University quarterback and CBS commentator Steven Davis.

The other two people are in the hospital along with one person who was injured on the ground.  South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said Monday that the two survivors who were on board the private jet were Jim Rogers, who's listed in serious condition, and Christopher Evans, who's in fair condition. She did not have their hometowns or their ages.

The third person injured, Diane McKeown, lived in one of the homes struck by the plane.  She is listed in fair condition.

One Iowa Street resident we spoke to, Mary Jane Klaybor, said she loves living close to the airport where she can watch the planes taking off and landing.  Klaybor said she actually saw the plane coming in, and it looked very close to the ground.  "I saw the plane. And I heard the boom and the sirens were right there. So I ran to the front and it was just a big cloud of insulation and plane parts and everything flying," said Klaybor.

The area around the crash was evacuated and the Red Cross took residents to a temporary shelter in South Bend. Most of the residents have been allowed back in. The rest, with the exception of those living in the three homes damaged by the plane, will be allowed back in after the plane is removed from the site.

Power is back up on and the danger of spilled jet fuel has been cleared at Ryer and Iowa Streets.  Most residents there are being let back into their homes.  The five homes closest to the crash site and the three homes actually hit by the plane are still off limits, but the rest of the residents can now return.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg sent his wishes to all the victims involved and commended emergency responders for the way they handled the situation.  The mayor's office met with FAA, NTSB, and Airport officials on the crash Monday morning.

In the afternoon press conference on Monday, the Mayor said that the cooperation between local, state, and federal agencies has been "exceptional so far." 

 

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