Two Killed When Light Twin Hits House


Two people were killed, one on the airplane, one on the ground, when a Cessna 303 Crusader crashed into a house in LaGrangeville, New York. There were three people in the airplane and three in the house when the aircraft, a relatively rare six-place twin made in the early 1980s, came down on a flight from Farmingdale to LaGrangeville, near Poughkeepsie. “I saw the house completely engulfed in flames,” neighbor Rick Plambeck told ABC. “There was a woman in the house and she jumped out of the window onto a ladder with her dog and she told us that there was a man in the house, which was her father.”

The aircraft was headed for Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, a private, public-use airport. The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Weather was benign with light winds, warm temperatures and no rain.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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