Plane carrying 3 crashes into west Jackson house

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Plane carrying 3 crashes into west Jackson house

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Piper PA-32 Cherokee (Source: Wikipedia) Piper PA-32 Cherokee (Source: Wikipedia)
John Tilton John Tilton
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A small plane carrying three people crashed into a house near Hawkins Field Airport in west Jackson south of the Jackson Zoo around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The house is located on Marcus L. Butler Drive south of W. Capitol Street.

The condition of the three people was not immediately known. Fire officials say one person was able to escape from the house. The Hinds County Coroner was on the scene.

Michele Latham, one of the owners of the plane, identified two of the men in the plane as John Tilton and WC Young. She didn't identify the third man.

Michele Latham said the men were traveling to an FAA safety meeting in Raymond.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority officials said in a statement a Piper PA-32 Cherokee 6 single-engine, propeller-driven plane left Hawkins Field for a routine flight operation Tuesday evening.

Shortly after take off, the pilot requested permission from air traffic control to return to the airport. The aircraft was unable to return and crashed, according to the airport authority.

Roger and Michele Latham, from Superior Pallet Company in Flowood own the plane. The couple's daughter was near the crash site and said her father was supposed to have been on board but changed his plans.

"He went hunting," she said. "Thank God."

Vivian Payne, who lives about six blocks from the crash site, said that about 5 p.m., she heard a loud bang that sounded different from an electrical transformer blowing.

"It shook the walls of my house," Payne said as she stood among ambulances, police cars and fire trucks, their lights flashing in the chilly night air.

The cause of the crash is not known as this time. The Federal Aviation Administration is on the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board will assume command of the crash investigation when they arrive. 

Tune into Fox 40 News at 9 and the WLBT 10 PM Report for the latest on this story.

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