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Neighbors in Baker subdivision hit by plane crash still coping with accident

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BAKER, LA (WAFB) -

Carolyn Walker says she is having trouble sleeping since a plane ripped through her roof in a small Baker subdivision and crashed into the homes of her neighbors.

 

"All of a sudden I heard something come. Bam!" said Walker. 

 

"I just thought it was a bomb, someone bombing us and that's the way it sounded," added Walker.

 

On Monday, federal investigators collected pieces of the wreckage from the crash that killed 71 year old John Fowler. Howard Ward of the Baker Fire Department says he was told investigators will take the debris to Dallas, where it will be reassembled all in attempt to determine the cause of the crash.

 

"Mechanical problem, health problem, could have been a bird strike, he was not sure and it will take them going back and looking at this. He says they look at every little piece," added Ward.

 

The clean up after the crash includes repairing houses that have been stripped to the studs. Structural damage however, is better than dealing with the extensive loss of life according to Carolyn and those who responded to this accident. 

 

"Though we had the sad loss of the pilot there was nobody injured," said Ward. "The lord blessed us with the less fatalities we had and no injuries. Again, we're sorry for the loss of the pilot," said Ward.

 

"I heard the lady back there was called to go to church and as soon as she left it hit. Somebody called her to come out, her and her daughter pretty much a lot of people were gone," said Walker.

 

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