Plane crashes into home Dutchess

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2 Dead, 1 Missing After Small Plane Crashes Into Dutchess County House

August 18, 2019 - 6:39 pm

UNION VALE, New York (WCBS 880) – Two people were killed and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when a small plane crashed into a home in Dutchess County on Saturday, police said. One person was still missing Sunday.

A Cessna 303 aircraft plunged into a house on Smith Street in Union Vale, 15 miles southeast of Poughkeepsie, in a fiery crash around 4:28 p.m., according to the FAA.

Police said the aircraft departed Orange County Airport in Montgomery and stopped to refuel at Sky Acres Airport, which is near the crash site. It was headed to Republic Airport in East Farmingdale on Long Island when it crashed.

“When the plane took off there was some engine trouble and then went down,” State Police Captain Paul DeQuarto said. 

Rick Plambeck was in the kitchen with his wife when the plane hit the house.

"We heard a boom, boom. Ran to the front door and heavy black smoke was coming down across the street," Plambeck said. 

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He ran out of his house and saw the plane embedded in the home.

A man in the plane was killed, while two other men aboard the aircraft survived, according to police.

Three people—a man and two women—were in the home at the time. One of them was killed and a second is missing, police said. One of the women, a 21-year-old, suffered life-threatening injuries. 

Plambeck said neighbors helped a woman escaping the home with her dogs. It's unclear if it was the 21-year-old.

"There was a window open in front of the house that was not on fire yet, and she threw her dog out," Plambeck said.

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Three dogs were in the home at the time. Two golden retrievers and a Newfoundland ran away but at least one of the retrievers was recovered.

The FAA said it will investigate and that the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident.​