2 dead in small plane crash in Perkasie, officials say

Authorities say two people died when a single-engine plane crashed into a residential neighborhood Thursday afternoon in Bucks County. 

Emergency crews converged at the intersection Brittany Lane and Victoria Lane around 5 p.m. when a Beech 35-C33 fell out of the sky.

Officials have not said what caused the fiery crash, but witnesses believe the engine cutout to cause the deadly descent. 

Catherine LaPat, a nearby neighbor, shared doorbell camera video that captured the fiery crash. The video shows a brief flash, then an inferno that appears to spread across the street. 

"I thought I was going to die, I thought the plane was coming down in my house," LaPat said. 

No one on the ground was hurt, but the crash sent flying debris through the wall of a home and into a second-floor bedroom. 

"I would consider him a hero because he got this away he put it in an intersection away from houses," Hilltown Township Police Officer Christopher Englehart. 

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the following statement to FOX 29: 

"A Beechcraft BE35 crashed in Hilltown Township, Pa., around 5 p.m. local time Thursday. Two people were aboard. The flight departed from Doylestown Airport and was en route to Gunden Airport in Perkasie. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents."

FAA records show the plane belonged to a Philadelphia man, but it did not say if he was aboard the aircraft during the fatal crash.




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