PALM COAST, Fla. (January 3, 2013)--At least three people died Friday when a small plane crashed into a house while the pilot was trying to land at a central Florida airport.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the deaths Friday afternoon.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported mechanical problems shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.
The Beechcraft BE35, which had three people onboard, was headed to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., but diverted to the Flagler County Airport.
FAA officials didn't immediately know from where the plane took off.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reported that the plane hit a Palm Coast home just east of the airport a few minutes after the pilot's radio call.
The house caught fire and the home's owner was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.