SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed Sunday in a northern Indiana neighborhood, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane, authorities said.
The Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet had left Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Okla., and crashed Sunday afternoon near South Bend Regional Airport, said Roland Herwig, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Oklahoma City. Two of four people aboard the plane were killed, Herwig said.
It was not clear if anyone on the ground was killed.
South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said three people injured in the crash were being treated there; one was in serious condition and two were in fair condition. Scroope did not know whether they were on the plane or the ground.
The plane was registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana LLC in Helena, Mont. The company is owned by Wes Caves and does business as DigiCut Systems in Tulsa, Okla. It makes window film and paint overlay for automobiles.
A woman identifying herself as Caves’s wife answered the phone at their home Sunday and said, ‘‘I think he’s dead,’’ before hanging up.
In South Bend, Assistant Fire Chief John Corthier said everyone on the plane and in the first house struck by the jet had been accounted for four hours after the crash. That wasn’t true of the other two houses, and Corthier couldn’t say how many people they were still trying to track down.
Investigators from the FAA and National transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene Sunday night, Corthier said.