A preliminary report released this weekend said clear water was found in the plane's fuel system. Dirty water was also found, the kind that could be left behind after a fire had been put out.
News Mississippi was on the scene minutes after the plane crashed on a home near the Jackson Zoo. The plane had just taken off from Hawkins Field, a smaller airport that accomodates commuter craft. The plane was headed for an FAA safety meeting, according to its owner, Roger Latham.
He told us the plane likely had a full load of fuel. Loretta Jamison could attest to that. The plane landed on her house and she jumped out a window when the craft exploded. She suffered burns on her hands when her clothes caught fire.
Latham said a Jackson Police officer who was patroling in the area heard the plane sputter before it crashed. Sputtering could be a sign that water was in the fuel system.
It could be five more months before the NTSB releases an official cause for the crash. John Tilton of Ridgeland, W.C. Young and David Williams all died. All three men were pilots.
Audio from the night of the crash. Camie Crowe and Iris Barnes were at the scene.