Neighbors recall moments before fatal plane crash

PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WPRI) — The investigation continues Monday morning after a plane crashed into a home, just minutes over the Rhode Island border; claiming the lives of all three people on board.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the three people on board the plane likely died immediately on impact.

“I just couldn’t believe it and I live like less than five minutes up the street and I was just devastated by it all,” neighbor Jeanne Matz said.

First responders said miraculously, all four people inside the Bridle Path house made it out safely. The small aircraft crashed into the back of the home, causing an explosion and fire that many people in the area reported hearing.

“I ran outside and my daughter was in the front yard. And I saw a whole fireball. Everything was engulfed,” explained Eric Takach, a neighbor.

The single-engine plane was on its way from Lititz, Pennsylvania to Norwood, Massachusetts when the pilot reported engine trouble and loss of control. Air traffic controllers suggested landing on I-495 or North Central State Airport in Rhode Island, but it was too late.

“The engine was sputtering and making noise because that’s what caused me to turn around. It banked hard and followed the street down. I thought it was going to land on the street,” said Mike Brown.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. Authorities are withholding the victims’ identities until their next of kin is notified.

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