Three people, including a pilot and two passengers, one a child, died when their plane crashed into a home in Plainfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday just before 5 p.m. However, the residents of the house managed to escape the accident as their home was consumed by fire.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said, “It is a miracle that the four occupants [of the house] were able to escape given the extensive damage to their home.”
Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said fire crews had been deployed at the scene to help contain the three-alarm fire that erupted following the accident. According to The Sun Chronicle, several local fire departments had arrived at the scene to deal with the fire.
Multiple fire departments responding to a report of a plane into a house on Bridle Path in Plainville. Crews battling structure fire now.
— The Sun Chronicle (@TheSunChronicle) June 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified the aircraft involved in the accident as a Beechcraft BE36 plane, which was flying from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to, Norwood Memorial Airport, Massachusetts, as reported by RT.
Soon thereafter, people took to social media, posting pictures of the scene of the crash. The pictures showed the burning house and debris at the tail end of the plane.
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) June 28, 2015
plane crashed and blew up my neighbors house pic.twitter.com/qK47HtkKrO
— Mary O'Rourke (@maryyorourke) June 28, 2015
— Dave Mager (@davemagerBOS) June 28, 2015
Speaking with The Boston Globe, neighbor Tracy Guerrier, who lives close to the crash site, said her home had started shaking. When she went outside, she saw the house was ablaze.
Eric Tekach said the neighborhood was “scared” and “shaken” following the accident.
Mike Brown said he was barbecuing outside when he heard the plane’s engine sputtering followed by a crash.
FAA spokesman Jim Peters said that the identities of the deceased will not be disclosed until their families have been notified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Peters further added that the incident will be investigated by the agency and the NTSB.
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