* Story written by Randy Speck, courtesy of the Lake Cumberland News Network *
Clinton County High School teacher Michael Anders has officially been identified as one of the victims of an airplane crash Friday afternoon in Flagler County, Florida. Anders was piloting his H-35 Bonanza, which was flying from Fort Pierce, FL. to Knoxville, TN. when he experienced engine trouble and was diverted to Flagler County Airport five miles away. The plane crashed fully into a home about a half-mile from the airport’s runway.
Anders and two passengers were killed. The passengers were identified as 59-year-old Duane L. Shaw, also of Albany, and 42-year-old Charissee M. Peoples of Indianapolis, IN. A resident of the home was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries. She was last reported to be in stable condition.
At about 2:10 p.m., Anders radioed air traffic controllers at Daytona Beach and reported “severe shaking.”
Anders: “Daytona, this is 3-7-5. We got a, we got a vibration in the prop. I need some help here.”
Tower: “3-7-Bravo-Roger the closest airport is, ah, 12 o’clock. 12 to 1 o’clock in 5 miles and uh, are you I-F-R capable and equipped?”
Anders: “Yeah, I’m I-F-R. I’m just- we got a little bit of vibration and we got oil pressure problems- we’re going to have to drop quickly here.”
Anders reported smoke in the cockpit at 2:18 p.m. and the crash occurred about a minute later.
Anders was a widely popular teacher among students at Clinton County High School, where he taught Spanish, Golf and Chess.
“You don’t coach for the money,” Anders told the Clinton County News in August 2011. “You coach for the love of the game. It’s a great game. It’s the last of the games with no referees. These kids are taught more than just a game. They are taught integrity, honesty … I’m not the coach that stops them in the middle of their round. I have to trust that once they take off they are on their own. It’s about life.”
Anders lived at Spring Creek Airport in Clinton County. Sadly, he died on his 57th birthday.