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Small plane crashes into house in US, injures 2

July 25, 2013

COLUMBUS, Indiana (AP) — A small plane crashed into a U.S. house and ignited a fire Thursday, injuring two men on board the plane but leaving a Japanese woman inside the home unscathed, authorities said.

The plane, piloted by Gerald H. Clayton, crashed shortly after takeoff, said police Lt. Matt Myers.

Clayton and passenger Dennis King had burns, cuts and abrasions.

“He knew he was fortunate to be alive. He was concerned about his buddy,” Myers said.

Both men were able to walk to ambulances, Myers said. Their conditions and names weren’t immediately released.

Hiroko Nakao, who lived in the house, told Indianapolis television stations that she was home alone when the plane struck the rear of her home, destroying a room and shattering windows. She fled uninjured and called her husband at work.

“She said, ’House is burning! Fire!,” said her husband, Tadashi Nakao, 53. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call from her. I thought she was joking.”

The Nakaos moved to the United States from Japan four years ago.

Witnesses said they saw the plane flying extremely low and that its engine didn’t sound normal just before the crash.

The plane involved is a Glastar GS-1 kit plane, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

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