EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Monday night, as crews get ready to demolish the two East Haven homes damaged by the plane that went down on Friday, investigators are still working to figure out exactly what went wrong.
Filling in the road in front of the two houses on Charter Oak Avenue, will likely be the only work done there for at least the next couple of days. East Haven's mayor says the insurance company for the owner of the plane, which crashed into the homes Friday, has not signed off on paperwork to go forward with demolition.
The vivid reminders of the tragedy now remain.
"He said a plane hit a house and I ran outside, and there was a lot of smoke," said Julie-Ana Rogalski, a neighbor.
"Smoke and screams," said Dione Fiedler, another neighbor.
Now that that smoke is long gone, the clean up continues.
Daniel Zurlo removed what he can salvage from the home he recently renovated and has now lost. Next door, the family of 13-year-old Sade Brantley and her one-year-old sister Madisyn Mitchell, will only return to retrieve the mementos left as a memorial to the lost children.
"I'm just really scared now. It could happen anytime," said Carlie Arenas, a neighbor.
"They fly so low, they should do something," said Rogalski.
The deputy police chief, who had the grim task of letting the mother of 17-year-old Maxwell Henningsgaard know that he and his father Bill Henningsgaard, the pilot of the plane, had been killed, may now bring her happier news.
A tea set Maxwell bought for his mom was recovered in the wreckage.
"It's in good shape except for a small little fracture on the spout where a little piece chipped off," said Dep. Chief John Mannion, East Haven Police.
Sara Sullivan had asked him several times about the tea set.
"It's a remembrance of a sad day, but a loving son. It'll be our honor to send it back to her," said Mannion.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Sometime this week, perhaps as early as today, demolition will begin on two homes hit by Friday's plane crash near Tweed-New Haven airport.
Four people died in the crash; two East Haven children, Thirteen-year-old-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell, along with the pilot, 54-year-old Bill Henningsgaard, and his 17-year-old son Maxwell, both from the state of Washington.
On Sunday, family members were allowed to go into the homes and collect some of their belongings .
The plane crashed late Friday morning after missing its first approach to Tweed-New Haven airport.
Most of the work of investigators at the scene has been completed. A preliminary report on the cause of the crash, written by the National Transportation Safety Board, could be released in about ten days.
Funeral arrangements for the East Haven children killed have not been released.
For anyone interested in making a donation to support the victims of the plane crash, checks should be made payable to "East Haven United."
Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the following locations:
- Old Stone Church, 251 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512.
- St. Vincent DePaul Church, 80 Taylor Ave., East Haven, CT 06512.
- East Haven United c/o P.O. Box 120085, East Haven, CT 06512.
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