A plane crash in Plainville, Massachusetts, left three people dead over the weekend. According to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police, a small plane crashed into a home on Bridle Path, and the house caught fire. The four people living in the home were able to escape, but the three people on board the small aircraft were killed; one of those people was a child. Their identities have not been released.
According to CNN, the plane (a Beechcraft BE36) took off from Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania, and was headed to Norwood Memorial Airport in Mass. Plainville is about 17 miles from Norwood.
The Beechcraft BE36 is a six-seater, single-engine aircraft, like this one: pic.twitter.com/nYO8D9JTCg
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The home, which is a very nice residential neighborhood, was completely burned, and is thought to be a total loss. The homeowner, identified as Aaron Rice, his wife, and their two sons were able to get out of the home before it was engulfed in flames. Firefighters had a very hard time putting out the fire because there aren’t any fire hydrants on the street, according to WHDH.
“We were in a ‘no hydrant’ district in the Town of Plainville, so that hampered our efforts of fire extinguishment,” said Plainville Fire Chief Justin Alexander.
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According to NECN, the Rice family is lucky to be alive.
“I have to say that while we suffered great tragedy here today, with the death of the occupants of this plane, the miracle today is that four occupants of that home that was severely damaged by fire — a very rapidly spreading fire — were able to safely escape. They lost a lot of personal possessions, but they’re all safe tonight,” said Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan.
Plainville, Massachusetts, is a relatively small town in the southern part of the state.
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The NTSB and the FAA are working to find out what caused the plane to go down. So far, no further details have been made public.
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