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Neighbors constantly feared plane would crash in their community

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Updated: 12/09/2013 8:58 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crews continue working to remove the small plane that crashed Sunday from a retention pond in the Sutton Lakes subdivision In Arlington.

Three people, a father and his two daughters, perished in the crash.

Small planes are a staple in this subdivision. Neighbors said Monday it's constant noise in their community as planes fly overhead, and the crash confirms their constant fear.

"Probably 30-40 planes a day over the house. I don't see them all but I always hear them, said J.R. Vance.

But the noise is so constant, most neighbors said they really don't even notice it anymore.

"Wakes me up every time I hear it," said Carlito Fiusdino.

Fiusdino bought his house in 1999. He said ever since, he's been scared one of the planes would crash. Sunday night, his fear was confirmed when a Cessna 310 came down right around the corner from his house. It was en route to Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport -- just a half mile away.

"It's always a concern here. The planes are flying over us. Hopefully tragedy like that won't happen here but it unfortunately did yesterday," Fiusdino said.

There are talks under way to extend the runway at Craig Airport. It's something neighbors like Fiusdino have opposed, saying it would create even more overhead traffic.

"The pilot would be flying to the approach end the beginning of the runway and we understand the accident happened before the runway so the length of the runway wouldn't necessarily make a difference," said Robert Gretz with the NTSB.

Action News did some checking with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and officials said the runway at Craig Airport is lit at night. Officials added there are no restrictions as to what time of day pilots are allowed to land there.

Fiusdino said he hopes this crash prompts some change.

"Hopefully they'll do something about it and re-route away from the houses here and that would be great," Fiusdino said.

Gretz said the preliminary report will be released in five to 10 business days. Neighbors told Action News they still can't believe the pilot was able to land the plane in the water without hitting any houses.
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