Louisa County, VA Plane Crashes into House, Mar 2010

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Plane crashes into house in Louisa County

UPDATED 10:50 p.m.

"It was nothing but flames and black smoke thats all it was. It was flames shooting out of the top and the front of the house. When I pulled I could actually see the tail of the plane sitting there in the yard."

A small plane headed for Danville crashes right into a home in Central Virginia sending a fireball into the sky.

There was one person inside this home as it burst into flames, but because he was in the basement when the plane crashed, he was able to get out alive.

The pilot died on impact.

The impact of the crash sparked a fire that completely engulfed the plane and the home.

Witnesses say they heard the plane sputtering in the air before the crash.

"I heard this whistle like a train and we thought it was a plane and then we heard a huge crash and being in somebodys house and I called 911."

"But the significant amount of fire in the house, the house was pretty well fully involved, the plane was completely involved."

The plane departed from the Manassas Regional Airport headed for Danville when it stopped to refuel in Louisa County.

It crashed just minutes after take off, only a quarter mile from the airport.

No one else was on board the Cessna Crusader.

Police have not released the pilot's name, but the plane is registered to James Youngquist of Reston.

State police, the FAA, and the National Transportation Safety board are al looking into what happened.

UPDATED: 5:25 p.m.

LOUISA, Va. (AP) -- Officials with the Virginia State Police say the pilot of a twin-engine plane was killed when the aircraft crashed into a house in central Virginia.

Authorities say the owner of the one-and-a-half story house was in the basement at the time of the crash and was able to escape the burning structure safely.

State police say the plane landed around noon Thursday at Louisa County Airport and then took off with 148 gallons of fuel before crashing minutes later about a quarter of a mile from the airport. The plane departed from the Manassas Regional Airport en route to Danville when it stopped to refuel.

No one else was on board the Cessna T303 Crusader. The crash is being investigated by the Virginia State Police, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Here is a news release from state police:

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL PLANE CRASH IN LOUISA COUNTY

Homeowner of Residence Escapes Without Injury

TOWN OF LOUISA – Virginia State Police and the Louisa County Sheriff's Office will secure the scene overnight in the Town of Louisa where a plane crashed into a house Thursday afternoon (March 4, 2010). Moments after the plane had refueled at the airport in Louisa County, it crashed into a home causing both to become engulfed in flames. The pilot died in the crash. The homeowner was able to escape his residence without injury.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), at 11:47 a.m. Thursday, a 1981 Cessna fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft departed from the Manassas Regional Airport. The plane landed at the Freeman Field Airport in Louisa County to refuel. The Cessna then took off to continue to its final flight destination of Danville, Va.

Within minutes of taking off, the plane crashed into a home at 128 Jefferson Highway in the Town of Louisa. The nose of the plane crashed through the front of the one-and-a-half story cape. Only the plane's tail is visible outside of the home.

The impact of the crash sparked a fire that completely engulfed the plane and residence. The residence is approximately a quarter of a mile from the airport.

The homeowner was in the basement of the house at the time of the crash and was able to escape his burning residence without injury.

Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Farmer was called to the scene at 12:34 p.m. The crash is still under investigation by State Police, FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The pilot's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for final identification and examination. Once confirmation of the pilot's identity is made by the Medical Examiner, state police will notify the next of kin.

UPDATED: 2:46 p.m.

LOUISA, Va. (AP) -- Officials with the Virginia State Police say the pilot of a twin-engine plane was killed when the aircraft crashed into a house in central Virginia.

Authorities say one resident of the home got out safely. No one else was on board the plane. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says the Cessna T303 Crusader took off from Louisa County Airport. He says preliminary witness accounts were that the plane's engines quit before it crashed.

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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LOUISA, Va. (AP) -- Officials say an aircraft has crashed into a house in central Virginia. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says the Cessna T303 Crusader twin-engine plane departed Louisa County Airport en route to Reston when it crashed. He says preliminary eyewitness accounts were that the plane's engines had quit before it crashed into the home.

It was not immediately clear whether the pilot or anyone else who could have been on board survived. Peters says at least one resident in the house got out safely.

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.