One year since deadly plane crash in South Bend


South Bend, Ind. Monday marks one year since a plane crashed into a South Bend neighborhood, killing two people.

The plane slammed into several homes on North Iowa Street.

It was en route from Oklahoma to South Bend when it went down.

Air traffic recordings and witness accounts reveal the plane attempted to land at the South Bend Regional Airport after encountering technical difficulties.

Four people were on board the plane during the crash.

Only two survived.

Former University of Oklahoma quarterback, Steve Davis, and an Oklahoma businessman, Wes Caves, died as a result of the accident.

Jim Rodgers of Tulsa, Okla., and his son-in-law Chris Evans survived the crash. Rodgers suffered a serious brain injury. He remained bedridden and still had trouble speaking as of last fall. Evans was in better shape then, but was dealing with orthopedic injuries.

A couple of the homes on Iowa St. were demolished as a result of the crash.

Meanwhile other lawsuits by the two surviving passengers are also pending.

It all hinges on the NTSB report that has not been issued yet.

It could answer questions about whether the plane had faulty equipment or what happened right before the plane went down.

Other neighbors say they'll never forget what they were doing that Sunday afternoon when the plane crashed.
Stan Klaybor says, “It felt like a big semi hit the front of my house and when I went out because of the poor insulation it looked like locusts floating down. It covered the whole area.”

No word on whether anyone will rebuild in the vacant lots.


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