Plane Crashes Into Apartment Living Room, Pilot Walks Out Front Door: What Caused The Two-Passenger Cessna To Crash? [VIDEO]
A plane crashed into the living room of an apartment building in Herndon, Virginia, at approximately 12 a.m. on Friday. According to Virginia State police, the pilot and passenger of the aircraft and the residents of the apartment survived. In fact, even the pilot and passenger inside the plane emerged from the wreck without life-threatening injury.
According to reports, 61-year-old pilot William Larson and passenger Tache L. Alejandro boarded a Cessna 177B and left from Philadelphia on a trip to the Manassas Regional Airport. Moments later, the pilot noticed a fuel gauge indicating the plane was running on fumes. The plane nosedived and plummeted into the Herndon apartment head-on. According to authorities, the plane was only a few feet away from the apartment's gas line.
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Resident David Ventura rushed out of his bedroom in response to the crash. Remarkably, the family did not notice any damage to their home until they reached the living room. In fact, Ventura's two small children, ages 2 and 6, managed to sleep through the ordeal.
"She went from her room to the living room and she saw the plane inside the living room and she was really nervous," recalled David Ventura on his wife's reaction to the plane crash. "She was screaming and everything and -- one of the guys that was driving the plane told her to call 911. But she was so nervous that she -- she said that she got her cell phone and she was trying to dial 911 and she couldn't because she was in shock."
Pilot William Larson was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the Inova Fairfax Hospital. Passenger Tache Alejandro managed to emerge from the crash relatively unscathed, receiving treatment at the scene.
According to Jalopnik, the pilot and passenger were even capable of emerging from the apartment building by walking out the front door.
With the Cessna plane wedged inside the Ventura family living room, crews began to move out cars from the parking lot in order to set up an area for the crane to pull the plane out. Despite significant exterior damage to the apartment building, civil engineers deemed the building to be structurally sound.
Be sure to check out the video below to learn more about the small plane that crashed into a living room.
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