Crews Tear Down 2 South Bend Homes Struck By Plane

Mar 23, 2013

The plane crash site that killed two Tulsans
Credit WSBT- South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Demolition crews have torn down two of the three South Bend homes that were struck when a small jet smashed into them, killing two Tulsa men aboard the airplane.

WSBT-TV reports it took a private contractor 90 minutes to knock down the homes about a half-mile from South Bend Regional Airport. The crew said they'll likely work through the weekend to clear the debris from the homes that were struck Sunday by the plane.

Firefighters went through both homes earlier this week trying to salvage valuables. The owner of the third home, 84-year-old Frank Frank Sojka  says he doesn't know yet if the house he's lived in for 55 years will have to be demolished.

Mental health volunteers were in the neighborhood Friday seeing how people are coping.