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August 7, 2010

Small Plane Crashes Into Western Pennsylvania Home

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By: BNO News
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A small twin-engine plane crashed into a home in western Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, killing two people, federal officials said.

The accident happened around 9.25 a.m. local time when the Beechcraft Baron 58 (N28MR) crashed into a home on Route 286 in Bell, a township in Westmoreland County, nearly 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

“[The aircraft] and the house have been destroyed, and the fire is not out yet,” said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Plumes of smoke were seen rising above the scene shortly after the accident, and debris of the aircraft was scattered around the scene.

Federal records show the 1982-build aircraft was registered to Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research, Inc. based in Youngstown, a borough in Westmoreland County.

Calls to the company went unanswered on Saturday, but its website said the company tests materials for the aerospace, automotive, nuclear and medical industries.

Peters said no one inside the house was injured. “Everyone who was in the house has been accounted for,” he said. The two people on board the aircraft were killed.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the accident.