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Witness sees plane fall from sky into home

Posted at 3:41 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 04:37:55-04

Larry Ferris of Pompano Beach was cleaning his car outside his home on Harbor Drive when a weird noise in the sky caught his eye.

"It was like backfiring, then next thing you know it was nothing, and it just went 'shuuuuu' right into the houses," said Ferris.

Ferris recorded video of the flames spreading in the back of his neighbor's home. The plane hit the house and landed two backyards over.

"Me and my next door neighbor ran over pulled the pilot and the co-pilot out of the wreckage over there and dragged them to the street, then we went back and they said there was a third person and we went back there and found her in the next yard," said Ferris.

Ferris and his neighbors then grabbed garden hoses and tried to control the flames until firefighters arrived. Pompano Beach's Fire Chief says there were two men and a woman on board. They suffered significant burns. He said 30 to 40 percent of their bodies were badly burned.

There was one person at home when the plane hit. Fire Chief John Jurgle says that man got out just in time.

"I think there are some very lucky people in Pompano. The gentlemen in the house obviously, when the plane hit his house it actually bounced over one house and ended up in the yard of the next house," said Chief Jurgle.

A spokesperson for Federal Aviation Administration said the plane took off from Pompano Beach Airpark. The airport is just one mile west of where the crash happened. The pilot was practicing take offs and landings.

"I've never seen something like that. That was crazy. I feel sorry for those people cause the guy, the pilot and co-pilot had it the worst," added Ferris.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.