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Houses Struck By Plane In Connecticut To Be Torn Down

4 People Died When Plane Went Down On Friday
Connecticut Plane Crash Debris

Investigators clear the debris from a small plane crash in East Haven, Conn. (Credit: Sophia Hall, WCBS 880)

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities on Sunday were making plans to tear down two East Haven, Conn., houses into which an airplane crashed Friday.

The accident claimed four lives.

The two houses will be demolished this week, according to a Connecticut Post report.

They were severely damaged when the 10-seat propeller-driven plane crashed on its approach to Tweed New Haven Airport.

Sade Brantley, 13, and Madisyn Mitchell, 1, were killed when the plane hit their home and set it on fire.

Also killed were pilot and former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard, 54, and his son Maxwell, 17. Henningsgaard was flying a Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B plane.

Officials have said emergency repairs were done after the crash to make the homes safe for the crews that recovered the bodies.

Initial indications suggest that the plane was inverted when it struck the house. A preliminary report on the accident was expected in ten days, but a final report was expected to take a year to compile due to lengthy lab work and other factors, according to the NTSB.

A nearby resident told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that planes fly over the homes near Tweed Airport every five minutes, and they are low.

“They are very loud, and you say to yourself, ‘Please stay up there, stay up there,’” the man said. “It’s scary sometimes. It is.”

He said about 24 planes fly over his cape style home near where the tragedy occurred.

Henningsgaard was involved in a small plane crash in April 2009. The plane went down in the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore. Henningsgaard and his mother were on the plane when the aircraft had engine trouble. He splashed into the river. Both were rescued by the Coast Guard.

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