Houses Struck By Plane In Connecticut To Be Torn Down
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 two houses will be demolished this week, according to a Connecticut Post report.
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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