Woman dies following Creve Coeur Lake plane crash

Woman dies following Creve Coeur Lake plane crash

A small private plane crashed into Creve Coeur Lake Wednesday night, killing an elderly man and injuring his wife.

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:29 PM

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo (KMOV.com) – A woman has died from injuries she suffered in a small plane crash in a St. Louis-area lake that also killed her husband.

A spokeswoman for DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton says 69-year-old Suzanne Hazelton died Monday. She had been on life support since a plane piloted by her husband, 78-year-old Russell Hazelton, crashed into Creve Coeur Lake last Wednesday.

Officials believe the pilot, Russell Hazelton, 78, was attempting to land the plane around 8:40 p.m. on October 24th when he overshot the runway, lost control and crashed. The wreck happened about a half-mile from Creve Coeur Airport.

Witnesses told police that as the plane approached, the engine sounded as though it was sputtering. They said it appeared as though the pilot was trying to land near the lake, but hit the water instead.

Investigators said the Piper Cherokee four-passenger plane was likely upright when it approached the lake, but flipped after entering the water.

Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after the crash and rescued Hazelton and his wife Suzanne, 69, from the water. They were taken to DePaul Hospital, where Russell Hazelton died hours later.

Authorities said the Hazeltons were under water for at least eight minutes. It is not clear whether Russell died from drowning or injuries sustained in the crash. 

According to the tail number, the plane is registered in Pennsylvania.

HazMat crews were also on scene to deal with a fuel spill in the lake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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