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Small Plane Crashes Into NJ House

August 9, 2000

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A small plane crashed into a house and set the building on fire Wednesday.

One witness said the plane appeared to have broken up in flight.

The couple who live in the house escaped unharmed but there was no immediate word on the occupants of the plane.

The fire extensively damaged the two-story, brick-front house, in a suburban development about 10 miles south of Trenton.

Homeowner Ed Triskoska said he was getting ready for work when the plane hit the garage area.

``Another few feet and it would have been in my ear,″ Triskoska told WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. He said he and his wife ran out the back of the house.

Gerald Consolo, 33, who lives in a neighboring development, said it sounded as if the plane had engine trouble.

Consolo said he heard a loud noise and saw the twin-engine plane’s tail section had separated from the fuselage. He said it was the fuselage and engine parts that struck Triskoska’s house.

Television coverage showed an airplane tail section in a nearby field and what appeared to be a piece of a wing on the roof of a neighboring home.

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