Three Pilots Die En Route To FAA Safety Conference

JACKSON, Miss. (November 14, 2012)--Three pilots had just taken off from the Hawkins Field Airport in Jackson, Miss., when the single-engine plane they were flying to a Federal Aviation Administration safety conference less than 30 miles away began to develop a problem.

A Jackson police officer looked up and saw the Piper PA-32 "spitting and sputtering" like it was out of fuel.

The plane's owner is a budding pilot whose own life was spared when he decided to go deer hunting instead of flying Tuesday afternoon.

One of the three pilots asked for permission to return to the airport, but just minutes later the plane went down, crashing through trees before slamming into a house that quickly caught fire.

A deputy fire chief told WJTV-TV that one person escaped the burning home with minor injuries.

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