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Gaithersburg Plane Crash: 3 Dead After Aircraft Slams into House

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An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board examines wreckage at the site where a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 02:38 PM

Three people are dead and three others on the ground are missing after a small plane crashed into a house in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Monday, The Washington Post reported.

NBC4 reported that the plane crash sparked a fire that also damaged two other homes in the Washington, D.C., suburb.

The twin-engine Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100, capable of carrying up to six passengers, was owned by a company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It was reportedly preparing to land at a nearby airport, which had no air traffic control tower to direct the planes.

A witness to the accident, Tracey Everett, told NBC4 that he noticed the plane flying low and wobbling before it went into a barrel roll and dropped into the neighborhood.

"You could tell he was struggling with the sticks. He was trying to pull up; he would gain a little elevation and then drop again," Everett said. "His wings were wobbling back and forth, very unsteadily."

A spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department told The Post that no one was taken to the hospital because no one survived the crash.

A neighbor said the plane hit the roof of one home as it crashed and then skidded into a second house. Another neighbor told NBC4 that one of the home’s residents, whom he called "the dad," was talking to investigators and was not visibly distraught, leaving the neighbor to imply that his family was uninjured.

"We’re praying that’s a good sign," the neighbor told NBC4. "He wasn’t crying or anything, so that’s a good indicator, hopefully."


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Three people are dead and three others on the ground are missing after a small plane crashed into a house in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Monday, The Washington Post reported.
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