Homeowners return to assess damage caused by plane crash

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Investigators are allowing residents displaced by a plane crash to return home.

Federal crews wrapped up their collection of wreckage debris from the crash site in Baker Monday, allowing homeowners back inside. Now, those homeowners affected by the crash can begin assessing the damage.

It could take investigators weeks to figure out what caused the plane to crash, killing the pilot minutes after takeoff. The coroner reported John Fowler, 71, of Brookhaven, MS, died from blunt force, thermal and inhalation injuries. His death was ruled an accident. Fowler was the only person on the plane when it crashed.

The Beechcraft King Air went down Friday afternoon along Rue Jennifer, just minutes after takeoff from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Officials said when the plane went down it clipped one house and a tree. The plane then spun around and hit two more homes. The plane burst into flames and set the two homes on fire.

The crash was almost four miles from the airport.

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