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Updated: 6/25/2014 7:58 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Wednesday morning started out like any other for Margaret and Thomas Hodnett.

They sat on their porch across from the Houston Municipal Airport, sipped their coffee, and chatted until a plane crashed at the airport.

"I told Thomas, I said, 'That plane hit something,'" Margaret Hodnett said.

That Beechcraft King Air plane had five people on it, two pilots, and three passengers.

The airport manager said they were landing at the airport to pick up a sixth person, when the pilot got caught by a crosswind and lost control of the aircraft.

The plane veered off the runway, crashed into a ditch, and burst into flames.

"You couldn't see the smoke but you could smell it in the air," Thomas Hodnett said. "It was blowing through the trees."

All five people were able to escape with only minor injuries.

Airport manager, Jack Lewis, said this isn't the first time something like this has happened at the airport.
It is, however, the first time a plane of this size, carrying passengers has crashed there.

"[It's] very fortunate these people were not injured in a crash like this," Lewis said. "Very fortunate."

Lewis admits the only way to prevent a crash like this is to have more experience flying.

As for the Hodnetts, they just hope this is the closest a crash will ever get to their home.

"They ought to be on their P's and Q's, because when you get up there, you don't know what's going to happen," Margaret Hodnett said.
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