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1 dead after small plane crashes into South Carolina home

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/13/2021 David Matthews

One person was killed Wednesday after a small plane crashed into a home in Columbia, S.C.

According to ABC 15 News, firefighters responded to a call around 10:45 a.m. and found a home on fire. A man told officials the plane crashed into his yard and he tried to save the pilot but was unsuccessful.

a tree next to a fence: Damage is visible following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday in Columbia, S.C. © Meg Kinnard Damage is visible following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday in Columbia, S.C.

Damage is visible following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday in Columbia, S.C. (Meg Kinnard/)

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According to WIS News, the crash occurred about 1½ miles from the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss told the station the plane was a Beechcraft F33A Bonanza.

Hutch Fontaine, who witnessed the crash, told ABC 15 he went outside after hearing a loud noise and saw the plane careening toward him. He said the pilot appeared to try to avoid hitting homes as it went down but clipped one of Fontaine’s neighbors’ homes.

The neighbor’s home caught fire and a woman inside was injured while trying to get her cats outside to safety. Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames shortly after arriving at the scene.

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