Three people were killed Friday afternoon when a single-engine plane crashed into a house on approach for an emergency landing at the Flagler County Airport, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The plane crashed at 2:19 p.m., less than 10 minutes after the pilot declared an emergency, telling a Daytona Beach air traffic controller: "We're just getting a little vibration. We have oil pressure problems. We're gonna have to drop quickly here."
The 1957 Beechcraft Bonanza was diverted to the nearest airport.
"Apparently the air traffic controller had seen that they had entered a bad weather area, and that was just after the transmissions," said FHP Lt. Justin Asbury. "Because of the steepness of the trees in the area, the tall pine trees, it looks like it was a pretty steep descent and it went right into the roof."
With hours, troopers confirmed that all three people on the plane were were dead. The names of the victims were not released Friday night, but the FAA said the plane had taken off from Fort Pierce and was headed to Knoxville, Tenn.
Susan Crockett was in a back bedroom of the home on Utica Path -- about a mile east of the Flagler County Airport and just west of Interstate 95 -- when the plane crashed through her roof and started an intense fire that consumed most of the aircraft and much of the house.
A photo from the scene published by FlaglerLive.com and cell phone video shot by a resident showed flames coming through the roof of the house.
Crockett escaped through a window and was helped from the burning house by neighbors and first responders.
"She went right through the glass window. She's banged up, but she's going to be all right" neighbor Joe McBride said. "She's lucky to be alive because that house is a wreck."
Crockett's daughter, Jessica, said more than luck kept her mother alive.
"The fact that my mom survived, the fact that she was able to get out, my mom is a strong woman and nothing will shake her because she has faith in God. I'm so thankful that she's still here," Jessica Crockett said.
McBride said he was looking outside when the plane passed low overhead not more than 40 feet in the air, he estimated.
The plane was making an odd sound as it passed overhead, as if it was stalling, he said. "It sounded like the engine wasn't running right at all."
"I witnessed the entire thing happen. It was gut wrenching," said one post on FlaglerLive.com. "One minute you saw the plane ready to land, the next minute 'poof' it was gone and all you saw was a huge cloud of black smoke. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved."
The FAA reported there were only three people on board the single-engine general aviation aircraft that seats four people.
By late afternoon FHP confirmed three fatalities in the crash, but said they searched other victims. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office initially reported five people were on the plane.
FlaglerLive.com reported the plane (pictured below) was registered in the British Virgin Islands and owned since 2008 by Michael Anders -- a Spanish teacher at Clinton County High School in Albany, Kentucky. Friday was Anders marked his 58th birthday.
The names of those killed in the crash were not released, so it wasn't known if Anders was piloting the plane when it went down.
The National Transportation Safety Board arrived Friday night to take over the investigation. While it could takes months to determine what caused the plane to crash, the NTSB scheduled a 3 p.m. Saturday news conference to provide an preliminary update.