A Plane Ride

Emily Johnson was 8 years old. She was away on a trip with her father this weekend and was expected to be back in school on Monday. However, she did not show up at school.

About 11:30 am her mother made contact with police and told them that she feared her former husband had abducted their daughter.

Her mother has said

“She had a feeling this morning something was wrong,” “I thought he would do something to get back at Beth,”

I don’t know if she was aware of what was happening at her mother’s home. About 45 minutes before the child was reported missing, a plane hit her mother’s home.

Her mother was at home at the time, but escaped the home with no injuries. She did report the plane made a terrible noise before it hit the home. And it was only after the police arrived that she learned of the pilot’s identity.

Witnesses say the plane had just taken off from the local airport, and appeared to be starting to land when it veered off course and disappeared from sight.

It crashed into her mother’s home, leaving the front half lodged inside the home.

The pilot of the plane that hit her home was reportedly her former son-in-law Eric Johnson, 47.

Her granddaughter Emily was also on the plane. Both died in the crash.

Police say they do not have a record of previous disputes between the couple. And they say the preliminary investigation is leading

“us to believe that this was an intentional act,”

but whether this was intentional or a tragic accident will not be conclusive until the National Transportation Safety Board makes a final determination. That could take up to a year. Police say they have not found any suicide note as yet.

The plane was leased from the local airport where it had taken off from.

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Investigators say they hope to have a preliminary report by next week. Johnson was a student pilot, and though he had soloed before he was not supposed to be transporting passenger’s.

A neighbor says that a police car was parked near Beth Johnson’s home for several weeks last summer. Family says that Johnson threatened her with a gun last summer, police say they did not have any records of the incident. Beth Johnson had taken a protective order against Eric Johnson in July of 2006, but police declined to state the reason why.

The couple had been married for 12 years. Johnson moved out of the home in the fall, under police supervision. And family says he bought a home 3 doors down from Beth Johnson. Reportedly he had wanted custody, but settled for visitation.

On Monday Beth Johnson attempted to call Johnson several times that morning, before he finally answered the telephone and he reportedly told her

“I’ve got her, and you’re not going to get her.”

Allegedly she could hear Emily in the background saying

“Mommy, come get me, come get me.”

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  1. KatK said,

    March 6, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    OMG! My prayers go out to the family of that little girl, as well as the family of the fellow who crashed. That’s just hard to absorb. I hope the family has pulled together for the grandmother. I can’t imagine being able to go to my home again if one of my beloveds died, and maybe was murdered in such a way there.

  2. D.P. said,

    March 7, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I totally hope that there is an especially heinous place in hell for Eric Johnson and that he burns in torment there for all eternity.

  3. laura said,

    July 11, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    i live near where that happened. its just too sad

  4. laura said,

    July 11, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    i live near where it happenmed. its just too sad 😦

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