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Homeowner jumped into pond to help Florida plane crash victims

Crime scene tape still has many neighbors blocked off from the site of Sunday's plane crash that killed three people in a quiet community east of downtown Jacksonville.

One man living inside the roped off area is still rattled. The twin-engine Cessna 310 came down about 30 feet from his house in the retention pond out back, killing three people.

JR Vance was sitting inside with his pregnant fiancé and 2-year-old daughter. He said he heard the noise then ran out to help. He actually jumped into the water to search for any survivors. 

"I initially tried to pull the pilot, he was kind of hanging out of the window a little bit, tried to pull him out but he was really tangled up. Then there was really nothing I could do for him and then when I was waking back out of the water that's when I actually bumped into the female passenger who was actually ejected. She was still in her seat," he said. 

The victims are Michael Huber, 60, and his daughters Tess Huber, 20, and Abigail Huber, 17, all of Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Vance said his condolences go out to the Huber family. He commends the pilot for being able to avoid hitting any houses on the way down. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said crews are still back analyzing the crash site. Police say it will be several hours before crews are able to remove the plane for the next stage of the investigation.

Another neighbor, Michael Jones, was in his home when the plane crashed around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and described hearing a thud "loud enough to vibrate your walls."

He said everyone came outside wondering what could've made the noise.

"I was pretty surprised to see that it happened," Jones said. "A plane going down in a neighborhood, how often do you hear something like that?"

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