Owls Head girl saw plane with no lights shortly before crash

By Daniel Dunkle | Nov 17, 2012
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Brijonna Rockett, 11, of Owls Head believes she saw the plane flying low with no lights just before it crashed Nov. 16.

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.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Nov 18, 2012 12:26

Very sad to have happened. Also very  sad for this child to have seen or heard what she did, she must have been scared to death.. Glad she had a cell phone with her. Hearing her Mom's voice would help some..

Posted by: Dan Dunkle | Nov 17, 2012 17:52

I thought it was possible the lights were damaged in the collision with the truck.

Posted by: Wilber Eugene Roman Sr. | Nov 17, 2012 17:43

I have no doubt that the 11 year old is sure she didn't see any lights but I would find it hard to believe that the cesna didn't have landing lights on at the time of take off.That I am sure will come out in the investigation.No matter how you look at it,it is so sad to have happened.

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