Gahanna, OH Commuter Plane Crashes, Jan 1994


Gahanna, Ohio (AP) -- A twin-engine commuter plane crashed into two buildings, killing five people and injuring three family members, who all walked away from the crash, officials said.
United Express Flight 6291 was carrying five passengers and three crew members from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., when it crashed Friday night.
The British Aerospace Jetstream 41 plane, which can carry up to 29 passengers, was about a half mile from the Port Columbus International Airport, where it was preparing to land.
Three crew members and two passengers were killed. Their identities were not immediately released.
Surviving the crash were 5-year-old YEE SUN LAI; her father, KI PING LAI, 45; and her mother SIEW CHEW LING, 43, all from Taiwan, said Mark Hopkins, spokesman at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus. All were treated for minor injuries and were to be released early today, he said.
The three survivors walked away from the accident, said Jefferson Township Fire Chief William Henestofel.
"I think it's a miracle that three people walked away from it," he said.
The plane crashed in an industrial area in this suburb east of Columbus.
It hit the ground in a wooded area, cartwheeled about 300 feet into the buildings and caught fire, said State Highway Patrol Trooper Craig Seitz.
Officials believe the two buildings were unoccupied at the time of the crash, Henestofel said.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1994-01-08