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Passenger skydivers eject before small plane crashes into house at Ray and Gilbert in Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert police tweeted that the small plane was carrying skydivers for the annual Constitution Fair. Police say the pilot was transported to a hospital for burns.
“This one started coming down like a big ball,” Khan said. “It went flat for a little bit and then started nose-diving. It was so close we thought it was going to come into our house. When it came down, it made a big noise.”
The parents of an Arizona pilot whose burning skydiving plane crashed into a suburban Phoenix home say their son flew the aircraft as long as he could and was relieved to find out that no one else was injured.
The harrowing scene unfolded Saturday during what was supposed to be a thrilling pyrotechnic skydive jump at a town fair.
One of the passenger skydivers on board said he heard a loud noise and noticed damage to the airplane’s left wing after the aircraft reached the planned jump area and altitude (5,000 feet, mean sea level).