Plane crash into multi-family home in New Hampshire kills two people on board, officials say
(Courtesy of New Hampshire State Police)
A plane crash in New Hampshire last night with two women and three children aboard is believed to have been caused by pilot error and there are reports of two people injured, officials said.
The Piper Saratoga, a two-seater with the registration number N42Y, was taking off from the State-owned White Pond Airport in Concord at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday for a trip to the Bahamas, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. One of the five people on board, described as a 41-year-old female, 42-year-old female and three children ages 5, 12 and 13, died in the crash. The plane was carrying a total of 18 passengers.
“This was an apparent mid-air accident after the plane flew into a multi-family house which caught fire,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement.
The Saratoga had a “probable loss of hydraulic pressure” which has been attributed to “multiple factors and/or contributing factors in the crash,” the FAA said.
Local police first received calls about the crash at 9:58 p.m. The Saratoga was found at the intersection of U.S. 302 and Whitefield Highway. Fire crews on scene immediately put out the blaze but could not save the victims or the plane.
There were no reports of other victims.
The FAA said the plane likely crashed while trying to land in the steep terrain of the White Pond area but didn’t immediately know if it was going to be a landing or take-off. Gregor said it wouldn’t be determined if the plane ran out of fuel before it crashed until further investigation was completed.
In a statement, State Police said the plane went down at the intersection of U.S. 302 and Whitefield Highway.
“Both of the occupants on board and the passengers and three children in the home that was also struck by two other airplanes are confirmed to have suffered serious injuries,” the statement said. “The occupants of the home were in the process of evacuation. No injuries have been reported at the home.”
“The occupants are cooperating with the family,” the statement continued. “An investigation is in the process to better understand this incident.”