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Residents allowed back into homes after plane is removed

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About 70 homes were evacuated after Sunday's plane crash.


By Tuesday evening, everyone was allowed back, except those living in the three houses that were damaged.  

"It's good to be home," says Mary Jane Klaybor about two days after a plane crashed into the house across the street.

Klaybor has lived in the home on Iowa Street for more than 50 years.

She saw the crash happen.

"The plane came behind these houses and was heading right for the house and when it got over there, it flipped and then it hit those houses," says Klaybor.


While her home wasn't damaged, she was evacuated as crews worked to move the plane to a secure hangar at the South Bend Airport.

"All the cranes and the trucks were in our driveway and the street and we couldn't get in," says Klaybor.

Chad Medlin, with Randy's Metal Recycling says, "It's definitely one of the more different things we haul. That's for sure."

Medlin drove the trailer that took the plane to the airport.
He says the company, based in Eau Claire, Michigan donated the trailer.

"Anytime we can give back to the community, we like to. A couple winters ago when all that snow hit, we also donated a couple of our loaders and operators and dump trucks to help transport the snow out," says Medlin.


Medlin says the drive wasn't long, but it took a couple hours to get the plane on the trailer.
Investigators will take a close look at the plane to see what went wrong and determine if there was a specific problem with the type of plane, to prevent future crashes.

Meantime, Klaybor says she'll certainly be thinking about the potential of another crash, but she has no plans to move.

"I think everybody will still be ok," says Klaybor.

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