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Three Dead After Plane Crashes Into Homes in Gaithersburg, Md.

At least three people were killed when their plane crashed into a home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and three residents of the home are unaccounted for, Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

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Mike Graninger
Three people were killed when their plane crashed into a home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Monday morning. Three residents of the home are unaccounted for, Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.
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Three people were killed when their plane crashed into a home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Monday morning. Three residents of the home are unaccounted for, Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.
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The small jet crashed in the 19000 block of Drop Forge Lane, near Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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The Montgomery County Airpark is about one mile from the scene, which is scattered with debris. Two other homes also were badly damaged.
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Mike Graninger
According to the FAA, the Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet was approaching Runway 14 when the plane crashed.
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Mike Graninger
The Montgomery County Fire Department has confirmed that three people aboard the plane were killed.
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Tracey Everett was on a nearby road when he saw the plane flying extremely low. "You could tell he was struggling with the sticks. He was trying to pull up; he would gain a little elevation and then drop again," Everett said.
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Shannon Allcock
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said the house that was struck by the plane has heavy structural damage and fire damage. Two other homes were also damaged.
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Shannon Allcock
"I could hear a small explosion go off when I first opened the window, and you could just see the black smoke rising," said Byron Valencia, who lives in an adjacent community.
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Shannon Allcock
A husband and wife and their three children -- ages 5 and 2 and a newborn -- live at the home, News4's Chris Gordon reported. The husband is accounted for at the scene, and the 5-year-old is in school. The other three family members are unaccounted for.
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Karen Bury
Karen Bury sent in this image after "hearing a boom" at 10:45 a.m.
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The Montgomery County Airpark is located about one mile from the scene.
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