| ||Did Lightning Bring Plane Down Over Louisiana? Witnesses Say Baron Hit While Landing |
Could it have been lightning that caused the crash of a Beechcraft 58 Baron in Jeanerette, LA Tuesday afternoon?
Witnesses say the aircraft, arriving from Corpus Christi, TX, was struck y lightning just before it went down as it was on approach to land at the Jeanerette airport. The plane (file photo of type, right) impacted a uilding, a house and a mobile home... killing the occupant of the trailer.
Also lost in the accident were pilot Ferrell Skelton, a flight instructor and owner of the Airman Knowledge Test Center -- and his passenger, John Blackburn.
The occupant of the mobile home was identified as an elderly man, ucian Broussard. Local news reports indicate he used an oxygen tank to help with breathing... and that the tank might have exploded when the plane hit the trailer.
The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the cause of the crash.
Make/Model: BE58 Description: 58 Baron Date: 07/18/2006 Time: 2130
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N
City: JEANERETTE State: LA Country: US
ACFT ON APPROACH TO AIRPORT, CRASHED INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA, THE TWO PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED AND ONE PERSON IN THE GROUND WAS FATALLY INJURED, JEANERETTE, LA INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 1 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Departed: CORPUS CHRISTI,
Plan: IFR Wx
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: BATON ROUGE, LA
Entry date: 07/19/2006