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Jan 5, 2013 10:22 PM

Clinton County Teacher Dies In Plane Crash

Three people died in a plane crash in Florida Friday. Among them, were two Kentuckians; Michael Anders and and Duane Shaw of Albany.

"I was getting ready to leave, had some errands to run, getting ready to walk out the door. Something said stop, hold and I'm like, what? Why? I stopped. Plane hit the building, hit the house. Boom! And that's why I had to stop," remembers Susan Crockett, the Florida homeowner.

Crockett was lucky, believe it or not, when a plane crashed into her home; she wasn't hurt.

Those in the plan were not as fortunate. The plane was flying from Fort Pierce to Knoxville, Tennessee when it experienced technical problems. It went down in Palm Coast, Florida.

"They radioed in that they were having engine, the engines were shaking, they reported that they saw smoke," says Lt. Justin Asbury, Florida Highway Patrol.

Three people were on board the 1957 Beechcraft J35 Bonanza. 57-year-old Michael Anders of Albany, Kentucky, 59-year-old Duane Shaw also of Albany and 42-year-old Charissee Peoples of Indianapolis. Anders was a teacher at Clinton County High School.

One of his former students, Megan Koleen Norris spoke with LEX 18 about him. "I thought, this cannot be real. I thought, this is so devastating," remembers Norris.

She says, he was much more than just an educator. "He was such a good man. It was like the world was his classroom. He helped anyone. He was a friend to everyone," she says.

Clinton County High School will be open Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00pm for students and faculty to stop by and celebrate the life of Michael Anders.

The crash remains under investigation.

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