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Plane Crashes Into Calif. Home; Two Dead

February 12, 2006

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ A single-engine plane crashed into a suburban home Sunday, killing both people aboard and sparking a fire that gutted the house, authorities said.

Two people believed to be in the house were missing.

``There was a huge boom and instant fire,″ said Peter Hugenroth, who lives nearby. ``By the time I got to the crash there was no sign of the plane. Everything was engulfed in flames.″

The names of the people on board the plane have not been released. The pilot wasn’t communicating with air traffic controllers at the time of the crash, said Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther.

``The pilot appeared to be coming down low for some kind of maneuver that brought him to within 500 feet of the rooftops,″ Gunther said. ``And then he appeared to lose control and crashed into one of the houses.″

The crash also set fire to two neighboring homes, said Bruce Nelson, an operations officer for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles.

``The main house has substantial damage but the other two, their damage isn’t going to be as much,″ he said.

Roseville is about 16 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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