Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Small plane from Philly crashes into Va. apartment building

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  • A small plane from Philadelphia crashed into a Virginia apartment building overnight.
  • The plane experienced electrical problems and was running low on fuel.
  • The pilot was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A small plane from Philadelphia crashed into a Virginia apartment building overnight after experiencing electrical problems and running low on fuel.

Virginia State Police said the two-seat, single-engine Cessna departed from Northeast Philadelphia Airport and was en route to the Manassas Regional Airport when it crashed into a three-story apartment building in Herndon, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

The nose of the plane came to a stop on the living room floor of an apartment on the third story of the building. The crash happened at about 12:15 a.m.

Authorities said the plane experienced electrical problems and contacted Washington Dulles International Airport to re-route because it was also running low on fuel.

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  • The pilot, 61-year-old William Larson, of Vienna, Va., was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The sole passenger, Tache Alejandro, of Orlando, Fla., suffered minor injuries.

    The two work for an aerial photography company and had been taking infra-red photographs when the crash happened, police said.

    Four adults and two children were sleeping in the apartment at the time of the crash. A 33-year-old woman was hospitalized with injuries that police said weren't considered life-threatening. No one else was injured in that apartment or elsewhere in the complex.

    Authorities said the building sustained significant damage and all residents have been evacuated. The Red Cross is helping those occupants find shelter.

    The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

    Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

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