A small plane crashed into a home, killing three people aboard, police said, however the residents of the home managed to escape as fire engulfed the Plainville house.
The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed into the home at about 5:45 pm on Sunday, said Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration. It had departed from Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania and was headed for Norwood Memorial Airport in Massachusetts before it crashed.
Fire crews extinguished the blaze nearly three hours after the crash in Plainville, southwest of Boston, said Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio, Hindu reported. He said the residents of the home escaped and preliminary reports showed that three people in the plane were killed.
Neighbors reported hearing something amiss as the plane flew over their homes, and crashed into another home.
Mike Brown told The Sun Chronicle that he was outside barbecuing when he heard the plane, looked up and saw it start to descend rapidly. He said the engine sounded as though it were sputtering and then heard a crash and saw smoke.
Neighbors also added that a couple and their two children — identified as the Rice family — lived in the home, however officials did not confirm the name.
The identities of the deceased won’t be released until the National Transportation Safety Board has notified their families, Mr. Peters said.
“It is a miracle that the four occupants [of the house] were able to escape given the extensive damage to their home,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.
Firefighters excavated the back side of the home, climbing ladders and hoisting water houses. Charred doors and windows were thrown out from the second floor. The first level appeared largely undamaged despite the roof wreckage.
At 8:30 p.m., firefighters erected a barrier to block the plane from view.