- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 20, 2004

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A search ended yesterday for five persons missing after a commuter plane crashed and burned as it carried doctors and other medical professionals to a conference. Their bodies were recovered from the wreckage.

Thirteen persons died in the Tuesday crash, but two escaped with little more than broken bones.

“It was remarkable,” said National Transportation Safety Board member Carol Carmody of the survivors.

The plane took off from St. Louis and went down Tuesday night in woods with 15 persons aboard as it came in for a landing in Kirksville, a city of about 17,000.

Miss Carmody didn’t release the identities of those who died, although some have been identified by family members and employers.



Authorities called it a miracle that anyone managed to survive the crash of the Jetstream 32, a 19-seat twin-engine turboprop flown by Corporate Airlines.

Rescuers found the plane’s fuselage in flames, with one of its wings broken off. Other debris, including the tail, was scattered over a half-mile-wide area. Miss Carmody said most of the debris was found in a compact area of about 40 by 60 feet.

The two survivors, a 44-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man, suffered only broken bones and some burns, and were in fair condition yesterday.

“We see car accidents with worse injuries coming in here every week,” said Dr. Charles Zeman, director of trauma services at Northeast Regional Medical Center. “This is truly a miracle.”

The wreckage was scattered over an area about a mile across, but the two survivors were discovered “so close to the plane we’re imagining the others probably should have been close to the plane if they survived,” Adair County Chief Deputy Larry Logston said.

Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 was on a regular route from St. Louis with 13 passengers and two crew members aboard when it crashed shortly after 7:50 p.m.

It clipped treetops before crashing on its belly. Emergency crews found the fuselage engulfed in flames and largely intact, with the wings broken off nearby, Deputy Logston said.

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