Last Updated: October 05, 2023, 06:12 IST
Two people were killed in the US state of Oregon after a small plane precipitously dropped out of the sky and crashed through the roof of a home on Tuesday. This incident happened in the city of Newberg, about 25 miles southwest of Portland.
The small Piper PA-44 Seminole plane crashed around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (local time), National Transportation Safety Board investigator Eric Gutierrez said at a news conference in Newberg on Wednesday. Multiple agencies responded, finding the plane in the back of a house.
Police said Barrett Bevacqua, 20 and Michele Cavallotti, 22 were the two victims found dead at the scene. Cavallotti was an instructor at the pilot training school Hillsboro Aero Academy and Bevacqua was a student pilot, police said in a news release. The third passenger, 20-year-old Emily Hurd, was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.
Dramatic video showed the plane rapidly descending straight down toward the ground. The aircraft crashed through the roof of a home with its wreckage strewn partially inside the house and in the backyard, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said in a news release.
The #plane crashed onto the roof of a residential building in #Oregon.As a result of the crash, two people died and one was hospitalized with serious injuries. The residents of the house managed to leave the premises, there were no casualties among them. pic.twitter.com/T3JBOlliZM
— Arthur Morgan (@ArthurM40330824) October 4, 2023
Multiple people were inside the home when the crash occurred, but they were able to evacuate safely, the release said. Nobody on the ground was injured. Search and rescue crews were sent to inspect the structural stability of the home. Neither the home nor the aircraft caught fire, officials said. The Red Cross is assisting the family that was displaced.
Micah Schauer, the 22-year-old Newberg resident who took the video of the plane spiraling downward, said he was leaving his home when he glimpsed what at first looked like a piece of cardboard falling from the sky.
“I didn’t think it was a real plane at all at first,” Schauer said. It wasn’t until about halfway through the 10-second video that the realization dawned on him, he said. In disbelief, he sent the video to his girlfriend and family. “I sent a mass text, like, ‘Is that real? Did this happen?’ ” Schauer said. “They were shocked.” Schauer then went to the site of the crash, where a chaotic scene was unfolding.
“It’s such a small town, everybody wanted to go see it,” he said. “Life Flight ended up landing right next to me. … It was wild. I’ve never seen anything quite like that, ever.”
Authorities worked to get Hurd out of the plane first so she could be taken to a hospital and then turned to extricating the two others who had died, Patrick Fale, assistant chief of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, said at the news conference.
It is not yet known why the plane crashed, officials said, adding that they didn’t yet know if a distress call had been made. Gutierrez said investigators will review the plane’s maintenance records, pilot records and weather conditions at the time, among other things.
Gaining access to the plane was difficult because the majority of it remained in the house Wednesday morning, Gutierrez said. Crews were working to move the plane to a secure facility Wednesday afternoon where investigators could do a more thorough examination of the aircraft. It could take from 18 to 24 months for a plane crash report to be finished and released, Gutierrez said.
(With AP inputs)
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