High Point Plane Crash: One Year Later

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Frazier Downs subdivision marked one year Friday since a small, twin-engine plane crashed into a two-story home on Brian Hollars Court.

Pilot Marcia Keaton, of Fuquay-Varina, and passenger Thomas Littlejohn III, of Winston-Salem, were killed in the crash at 5:47 p.m. on March 30, 2011. The National Transportation Safety Board said it would be a few more months before a final report on the crash would be released.

Sochan Rumthao and three of his children were in the home the plane crashed into. They escaped without injury.

"I just thank God I'm alive, and when I look at my neighbor's house, I thank God they are still here," said Kay Yarborough, Rumthao's neighbor.

Many families moved out of the neighborhood after the crash, Yarborough said. Yarborough said she can't bring herself to walk in her own backyard since some of the remnants can still be seen.

"Has my peace been shaken? Yes, but it has not been destroyed," Yarborough said.

Yarborough and her neighbors are battling with airport officials to change flight paths over Frazier Downs. If a change isn't approved, Yarborough said she would consider moving out of the neighborhood.

Littlejohn was returning from a business trip to Wilmington. The plane was supposed to land at Smith Reynolds Airport but was diverted to PTI Airport due to inclement weather conditions.