WEST GOSHEN, Pa. (CBS) – Officials say two people were killed after a small plane crashed Sunday afternoon near Brandywine Airport in Chester County, then caught fire.
This happened just after 1:30 p.m. in the area of Saunders Lane and Andrew Drive in West Goshen.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: DA Larry Krasner To Announce Launch Of Collaborative Response To Gun Violence In West, Southwest Philadelphia
Officials say the single-engine Piper PA28 went into a tailspin after takeoff.
“Shortly after taking off, the plane started to sputter and then basically took a nose dive,” explains Bob Fleming with Goshen Fire Company.
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The plane shattered on impact with debris spreading everywhere. It crashed about 15-20 feet from Harrison Hill Apartments — a senior living complex.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
The plane’s pilot and passenger died on impact as a fire broke out on the scene, which crews quickly put out.
“I saw flames about 20 feet up in the air,” says Brad Trapnell, who lives nearby.
There is not believed to be any other injuries.
The FAA continues to investigate while NTSB investigators are expected to arrive on the scene on Monday, hoping to figure out what exactly caused the plane to crash.
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