Owls Head girl saw plane with no lights shortly before crash
Owls Head — Brijonna Rockett, 11, of Owls Head called her mom on her cell phone to say something was going on and she was scared after seeing a plane "bouncing around" above the treeline with no lights Nov. 16.
Rockett said she was walking up Ash Point Drive with her dog and a flashlight, handing out fliers for a school play when she noticed a plane with no lights. Rockett, who has taken local flights to the islands, thought the plane was in severe turbulence, she said.
Minutes later, she said she heard a "boom" noise and she called her mom, Jonette Rockett, to say something was going on and she was scared. She also remembers seeing fire engines and ambulances responding.
Three people were killed Nov. 16 when a small four-seat Cessna collided with a truck on the runway during takeoff and crashed into the woods nearby the Knox County Regional Airport. The crash was reported at about 4:44 p.m.
The Rocketts live on Lucia Beach Road near the airport.
Rockett said her first thought was if the plane crashed, where would she go? She ended up going to a neighbor's house to wait for her mom to pick her up.
The family said they know people who fly out of the airport locally and they were worried about their well-being. They stopped to say a prayer for those involved before going home, Jonette said.