4 reported dead as plane hits house in US
A small plane crashes into a seaside house in heavy fog, killing two people aboard and two children in the vacation home it struck.Updated: Aug 05, 2008 20:04 IST
A small plane crashed into a seaside house in heavy fog, killing two people aboard and two children in the vacation home it struck, authorities have said.
A third child was unaccounted for after the crash, which apparently occurred soon after the plane took off in northwest Oregon, on the US West Coast on Monday.
The single-engine plane clipped a tree and then plowed into the house, followed by explosions. A second, vacant home nearby was heavily damaged.
The pilot and his only passenger were also killed. Their identities were not immediately released.
The four-seat Cessna was owned by Aviation Aventures in Seaside. The company had rented it to the pilot, city officials said.
The impact shook homes a kilometer away in this resort town.
When the plane crashed, six people were in the four-bedroom rental home at Gearhart for a family reunion and vacation, City Admninistrator Dennis McNally said. A mother and two children were flown to Portland for treatment at a burn center, said Michael Griffiths, executive director of the emergency transport service Life Flight.
Two more people in the family party had gone out for a walk before the crash and were uninjured, McNally said.