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Small Plane Crashes In Waveland

"I don't know how to describe it, but I thank God that it didn't hit about 20 feet in the other direction or I'd be dead," home owner Bill Myers said.

Myers was getting ready for work this morning when he heard an extremely loud noise.

"I was brushing my teeth and I heard an explosion, that's what it sounded like. I first thought it was lightening and then the whole house shook."

He first went to his backyard, looked up and saw that his chimney had been partially crushed. It wasn't until he went around front that he saw the wreckage.

"I saw this wing, it was the first thing I saw, and I thought 'Oh my gosh! Where is the rest of the airplane?' I turned around, and there it is in my dining room."

Myers and a neighbor began searching for the pilot. They found him trapped in the wreckage, already dead.

"I went an got a book of common prayer and a neighbor and I administered last rites."

"I'm glad my husband wasn't hurt unfortunately I feel very sorry for the pilot and his family," Bill Myers' wife Linda said.

The people who live on Lafitte Drive are very thankful no one on the ground was hurt. They spent the day looking over the debris scattered around their quiet neighborhood.

"We just heard a very loud sound," Waveland resident Patricia Moore. "It sounded like sheet metal tearing the sound that sheet metal makes when it collapses you always know it's trouble for someone when you hear that kind of sound."

"I thought it may have been a train, derailing or something like that," the Myers' neighbor Jerry Delchamps said. "I would have no idea that it would be a plane falling out of the sky in some person's home."

Emergency officials were on the scene of the crash all day. They are concerned because the plane was carrying a large amount of fuel. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived Friday afternoon to determine what caused the accident.

The plane was registered to Omega Protein out of Hammond Louisiana, a company that produces fish meal and fish oil. A company spokesman says the pilot, Rhett Moore, was from Virginia, but worked out of Omega's Moss Point plant. Moore was a fish spotter who was probably just headed out to the Gulf of Mexico when he crashed.

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