Pilot is killed when twin-engine plane crashes into unoccupied home in Cincinnati suburb
- Twin-engine Piper PA-31 crashed in Madeira in southern Ohio on Tuesday
- Pilot was killed, but the house was unoccupied and nobody else was injured
- First responders rescued two dogs from inside the house and put out the flames
- Plane is registered to a company that does survey and surveillance projects
A pilot has died after his plane crashed into an unoccupied home in the suburbs of Cincinnati.
The twin-engine Piper PA-31 crashed into a home in the southern Ohio town of Madeira at about 3.15pm on Tuesday, according to authorities.
First responders rescued two dogs from the home, which was otherwise unoccupied, and there were no reports of injuries on the ground.
Officials said there was no evidence of other occupants of the plane, though the possibility had not been ruled out entirely. The pilot’s identity has not been released.
This aerial image shows the wreckage of the plane after it struck and home in Madeira, Ohio before going nose-first into the back yard, killing the pilot
A body is removed from the site of a plane crash Tuesday in Madeira, Ohio
Officials removed one body from the scene after a plane crashed into a home in Ohio
Madeira’s fire chief, Steve Ashbrock, said the plane crashed into a family room at the back of the home, and then went nose-first into the back yard. Firefighters put out flames from the plane.
The crash occurred before many residents returned home from work and school to find the swarms of fire, police and TV vehicles in their neighborhood.
‘It made a terrible noise,’ Judith Lampe, who lives nearby, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
She said firefighters were spraying water on the smoking wreckage. ‘The back of the house is pretty much open to the elements.’
Neighbor David Moore said he was at his son’s house waiting to pick up his grandchildren from the school bus when he saw the plane coming in low over trees, then nose-dive into the yard.
Residents of as escorted from the site of a plan crash on Rollymeade Avenue on Tuesday in Madeira, Ohio
Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a house in a suburban Cincinnati community, killing the pilot
The plane was registered to Mississippi-based MARC, Inc, according to WCPO-TV.
The company advertises itself as ‘North America’s largest provider of specialized contract aircraft and flight crews for airborne GIS, survey and surveillence projects.’
A company representative told the ABC affiliate that the plane was used for photography and surveying.
The plane took off from Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport and officials say it was due to land at the same airport when it crashed.
Flight tracking data from RadarBox shows that the plane flew a northwest-southeast pattern across a large swath of southwest Ohio, then flew north to the Springfield area and flew a similar pattern there.
It was heading back toward Lunken Airport when it crashed.
The Federal Aviation Administration said federal investigators were responding and that the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of probing what happened. Multiple state and local agencies also responded.