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 by 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 building, 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, Lucian 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
** Report created 7/19/2006 Record
Make/Model: BE58 Description: 58
Date: 07/18/2006 Time: 2130
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: JEANERETTE State: LA Country:
ACFT ON APPROACH TO AIRPORT, CRASHED INTO A RESIDENTIAL
AREA, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED AND ONE PERSON IN THE
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