GEORGETOWN, Texas – The aftermath of a plane crash in Georgetown held the attention of onlookers on a somber Monday afternoon.
For Carol Saxen, a Georgetown resident, observing landings at the local airport was a regular pastime. “We’re the old folks that go there and park on the grass, and we judge the landings,” she shared. However, what unfolded after this particular landing was far from ordinary.
The crash involved a single-engine Beechcraft BE-35 that tragically collided with a duplex on Northwood Dr. on Sunday, July 23. Astonishingly, the aircraft carried a pilot and two passengers, and miraculously, all three survived.
Monica Steanson, a mother whose daughter was on board, described the terrifying moment when the plane met disaster. “I just thank God that he had a hand in this, everything that could have gone right for such a horrific situation…how they survived this is beyond me,” she exclaimed.
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The trio, including Steanson’s daughter, 30-year-old Lauren Peralez, along with the pilot and pilot’s wife, had been returning from a pleasant breakfast outing in Fredericksburg. While they were only moments away from the Georgetown Executive Airport, the aircraft began experiencing engine trouble.
According to Steanson, her daughter revealed that the landing left them upside down and disoriented. Yet, they managed to escape the wreckage with minor injuries, including cuts, bruises, and second-degree burns from the home’s roof.
Emergency responders acted swiftly, arriving within minutes of the 911 calls. Fortunately, the duplex the plane struck was vacant, sparing any potential casualties on the ground.
Chief John Sullivan from the Georgetown Fire Department assured the public that their focus was solely on providing support and containing the mild fuel leak from the plane. While the aircraft caused significant damage, the surrounding properties and residents were deemed safe.
The FAA released an initial incident report, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has assumed responsibility for a comprehensive investigation. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report within 12-15 days, while a full inquiry could take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to determine the cause.
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Amidst the devastation and disbelief, the fact that all aboard survived the harrowing ordeal serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the resilience of those who emerged from the tragic Georgetown plane crash.