FREMONT, Neb. -- A single-engine plane crashed into the ice-covered Fremont State Lakes shortly before dawn Sunday, killing all four people aboard, the state patrol said.
The plane crashed early Sunday, punching through ice 6 to 8 inches thick covering water 20 feet deep, said Patrol Sgt. Larry Godfrey in Omaha.
The patrol identified the pilot as Shawn Brady, 31, Fremont, and his passengers as his mother, Twila Brady, 64, Woodcliffe, Kathleen Bang, 41, Fremont, and Bang's daughter, Linda Bang, 19, the patrol said.
One woman's body broke free of the wreckage and one of the three remaining bodies was recovered from the wreckage by a tow truck and divers, he said.
The plane departed about 6 a.m. from the Fremont Airport and may have had engine trouble before it crashed into the lakes, just west of the airport, witnesses said. Skies were clear at the time of the crash 100 miles northwest of Omaha.
Godfrey said the plane may have been headed for California because one of the passengers was moving back to the Fremont area from there, but the flight plan showed the first intended stop was Cheyenne, Wyo.
Neighbor Jackie Christiansen said the Cessna buzzed her farmhouse seconds before the crash.
'It was loud. I had a fear it was going to take the top of the house off,' Christiansen said.
She said she jumped out of bed and met her husband, David, in the hallway.
'And then we heard the boom,' she said.
Godfrey said a state trooper found a hole in the ice.
'There was quite a bit of debris on the ice,' Godfrey said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.