The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash of a small plane which has left at least three people dead.
The pilot of the aircraft declared an emergency just after 2 p.m., reporting the plane was severely shaking. A short while later, the plane crashed into a Palm Coast home on Utica Path, just east of the Flagler County Airport.
"It sounded like a backfire or a truck blowing a tire," said witness Tamara Moshier. "Just was a loud boom."
One woman was transported to an area hospital after she managed to get out of the house, freeing herself from the wreckage and climbing through a window. She was later released from the hospital.
"It's just scary," said Jessica Crockett, the homeowner and daughter of the woman who was inside the house when the plane came crashing through the roof. "You feel like anyone else if your house got hit by a plane. It's not real."
The plane, identified as a Beech Bonanza (BE35) aircraft, departed from Fort Pierce and had been heading to Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., when it was diverted. The identities of the pilot and passengers have not been released.
Neighbors said they were used to seeing planes heading to and from the airport. "We joke about it all the time," said Crockett. "The planes get real loud, because they do get kind of low, but we never thought it would actually happen."
Crockett said it was a miracle that her mother, Susan, is still alive. "A miracle by God's hands -- the fact that my mom survived, the fact that she was able to get out." She feels terrible for the people inside the plane. "I will be praying for their families."
Representatives with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. Authorities said only a portion of the tail wing and main wing are left of the plane. The rest of it disintegrated in the crash.
FOX 35's Valerie Boey contributed to this report.
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