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Jet fuel concerns after private plane plows into Indiana neighborhood – Red Cross volunteer on aftermath

On Sunday, a small jet slammed into a South Bend, Ind. neighborhood leaving two out of four passengers dead and three homes severely damaged. The two others who were aboard the Hawker Beechcraft 390 were injured, as was one person on the ground, Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said late Sunday. Jackie Lincoln, a volunteer with the Red Cross, was at the scene of the crash. This morning she joins “Starting Point” to discuss the aftermath of the crash.

As of Monday morning Lincoln says “right now it just looks like a big mess” in the Indiana neighborhood, including the plane which is still lodged inside a house. Emergency vehicles and officials have been roaming around the area, but Lincoln says “it’s quite quiet, very serene, very kind of peaceful too” due to the mandatory evacuation over fears of a possible gas leak in the area.

In the neighborhood of about 50 homes, utilities were shut off as an additional precaution. Lincoln says officials will try “to get the plane out of the house today but they’re still concerned about the jet fuel that’s in the basement.”


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